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."