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Glen Hansard's journeyman career has so many fantastic stories, from his shy film debut in The Commitments to the surprise success of his indie hit film Once. In between he has lifted audiences around the world with his spiritual, driven performances, as the leader of lauded Irish heroes The Frames, and half of the duo The Swell Season.

For Rhythm and Repose, Hansard is where he wants to be, with no intervening structure between him and his audience. He has stripped away the emotional layers to reach a core, a core that shines through in songs like "Love Don t Leave Me Waiting" with its easy, Muscle Shoals vibe. There is also a power of feeling on songs like "Philander," with Hansard capturing a vocal intensity live in the studio we have not heard from him before. And this is Glen Hansard s time. Building on the success of Once, which became a Broadway musical receiving rave reviews, Glen became part of the hot soundtrack, The Hunger Games, which features Glen performing under his own name, and as a writer for Maroon Five s track "Come Away From the Water."

1. You Will Become
2. Maybe Not Tonight
3. Talking With the Wolves
4. High Hope
5. Bird of Sorrow
6. The Storm, It's Coming
7. Love Don't Leave Me Waiting
8. What Are We Gonna Do
9. Races
10. Philander
11. The Song of Good Hope

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ANTI Records
  • ASIN: B007SPN5MA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel on June 19, 2012
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Just because the Swell Season is taking a break doesn't mean you shouldn't expect its members to keep making music. Marketa Irglova released her solo album, Anar, in 2011, and now it's Glen Hansard's turn. RHYTHM AND REPOSE offers a lot of what Swell Season fans love: heartbreaking lyrics, beautiful vocal delivery, and confident instrumentation. The biggest difference with this solo release is Hansard's delivery; this record is much quieter in its tone than the past two Swell Season albums.

RHYTHM AND REPOSE is an exercise in constrained, quiet beauty. The emotional, acoustic/stringed pattern that opening track "You Will Become," begins is a throughline that the album follows from start to finish. The song "High Hope" (along with the climax of "Bird of Sorrow,") showcases Hansard's raw vocal intensity. Irglova even appears on a handful of tracks to compliment with harmonies. This album isn't great become of what it adds, but rather, it's from what it's missing. By lending itself to a minimalist style, this collection of songs sounds confident and tasteful. The penultimate track "Philander," for example, has scarce instrumentation in the verse, making Hansard's quiet verses even more effective. If anything, RHYTHM AND REPOSE is remarkably consistent - there's not a bad song in the mix. This album further solidifies Hansard's stature as one of the best songwriters currently working. Like the Swell Season's catalog, Hansard's solo outing deserves more than one listen - repeated visits to RHYTHM AND REPOSE reveal nuance that go unnoticed the first few listens. It's a great album to close your eyes and drift away in.

Recommended for fans of the Swell Season (or any of Hansard's other work), Neutral Milk Hotel, M. Ward, or Damien Rice.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John Terry on June 19, 2012
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The front man for The Frames and The Swell Season drops his first new music since 2009 and his first proper solo album. A musician and artist first, Hansard has struggled to come to terms with the success and higher profile that a starring role in "Once" and an Oscar win for "Falling Slowly" brought him. After laboring for years with his highly regarded band, The Frames, he rejected the notion that he should be defined by a night at The Oscars. This doesn't mean he's been able to avoid the spotlight despite struggling for normalcy in his life. The documentary "The Swell Season" documented the struggles that he and Marketa Irglova went through dealing with sudden success and the quiet slow end to their romantic relationship. They managed to redefine their relationship and revel in the joy that making music together gave them. The Swell Season went on hiatus but the task of helping transform "Once' into a Broadway musical and retain it's musical integrity has kept the past very much in the present. "Rhythm And Repose" found it's inspiration in Hansard's time living in New York and helping bring "Once" to the stage. It's unusual in it's restrained presentation which should not be taken as the idea that Hansard's passion and intensity have been dialed down. It's just that the album seems to be written in the clear eyed light of day instead of the emotionally raw, late night hours. Hansard is still a man struggling with the complexities and perplexities of the human heart. He continues to stare unafraid at the emotional wreckage of failed relationships to find the truths they reveal. They give him the strength to deal with the here and now and the determination that tomorrow will be a better day. Hansard has always been a fearless warrior of the heart.Read more ›
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Storylover TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 19, 2012
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When I am under Hansard's spell, which happens pretty much the moment I hear his voice, I am transported out of myself into a world of sound and color, of aching sadness balanced on the knife's edge of longing. Each of the songs on this album explores the deep places of the heart, gently and probingly, but fearlessly. Hansard never lets us escape into an easy answer; he relentlessly demands honesty, and delivers it himself. If you are familiar with his work on "Once", you have seen just a fraction of what this man is capable of producing. Don't stop. Your bravery will be repaid as Hansard weaves his spell upon you as well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rushmore VINE VOICE on July 6, 2012
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When Once burst onto the scene, I was captivated by this Irishman, as were many. I love the movie soundtrack and checked out some of his earlier work with The Frames.

I would have to say Hansard up till now has seemed like a powder keg, often on the verge of rage, and often his singing would dissolve into helpless waves of emotion.

Rhythm and Repose shows us a solo Glen Hansard (with accomplished backup singers including Marketa Irglova and her Broadway doppelganger Cristin Milioti), and he is a revelation. As another reviewer has said, more repose than rhythm. He is quiet, thoughtful. The lyrics on this CD are some of his best ever.

My particular favorite, a song I listen to over and over, is Maybe Not Tonight. This song reminds me of a '70s American rock ballad, as sung by Bob Seger maybe, or the Doobie Brothers. It's about that point in a relationship when you realize you need to break up but are not ready to give it up yet. It's such a pretty tune and the lyrics just tug at my heart. It's tempting to conclude this song refers to his relationship with Marketa Irglova but I wouldn't presume to know the man well enough to say that. The song Races is also about a relationship that goes on even after the romantic part ends.

In general there is more hope in the songs on this CD than in some of Hansard's earlier work. Earlier songs like Leave and When Your Mind's Made Up were defiant and closed-off: go ahead, leave, I'm not going to try to change your mind, I'll be fine, get out of here. It's refreshing and heartening that Hansard's lyrics on this CD are more reflective and able to see the positive in a situation. It makes him more vulnerable, to open himself up to the possibilities he sees in the future, and it also makes him more eloquent.
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