Listening to Glen Hansardâ€™s witticisms is enough to make you projectile vomit but there is no denying his or his bands genuine credentials. For a golden patch over two magnificent albums â€˜For The Birdsâ€™ and the live recording â€˜Set Listâ€™ it felt as if the Frames were about to become something truly treasureable. Since then theyâ€™ve dipped markedly but listening to songs like â€˜Santa Mariaâ€™, â€˜Headlongâ€™ or the wonka fused favourite â€˜Star Starâ€™ can send shivers down your spine. â€˜For The Birdsâ€™ could only have come from an Irish band, the sense of longing and despair is beautifully translated. Whenever I listen to it I canâ€™t help but picture scenes from the Great Hunger or the decades of emigration in my head, so strange but it breaks my heart everytime. â€˜Headlongâ€™ has that certain something, the playing is subdued but fiercely passionate and the violin parts seal a transfixing 5 minutes. KD
The Frames – Headlong
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