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Another Love Song

Another Love Song

  • Record Label: Union Square
  • Catalog#: 653 A094020
  • Country Of Release: NLD
  • Year Of Release: 2010
  • Notes: +Bonustracks

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1992 debut album from the Irish band led by singer/songwriter Glen Hansard (Once) including eight bonus tracks. Their joyous, energetic debut (which has been described as “Nick Drake meets The Pixies”) firmly illustrated The Frames’ undeniable talent, particularly on singles ‘The Dancer’ and ‘Masquerade’. Elsewhere, on songs like ‘Downhill From Here’ and ‘Picture Of Love’ for example, they flexed the more gentle atmospherics that would characteri

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  1. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Enjoyable, the best was yet to come, June 5, 2008
    By 
    Robert Hammond “RobbieLee” (Oshkosh, WI) –
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    This review is from: Another Love Song (Audio CD)

    Ever since viewing Once, I’ve started a mission of really getting to know The Frames. So I started at the beginning with this album, spending a few extra dollars to buy the actual CD. Didn’t really strike me as anything special the first time through, but after a few passes this CD aged well.
    The lead track, Dancer, is a folk-rocker that is soaked in a huge wall of sound. Hansard’s screaming vocals broaden this simple ballad and revs the listener up for a great CD.
    `Tis a shame that the rest of the album is a bit scattered. Most of the remaining rockers follow the same formula, but fall short. The quiet songs are a highlight, especially “Telegraph Poles”, which is the last slow dance before the fist-pumping folk songs that serve as a closer. Sorely, Glen Hansard needs his vocal space. The arrangements on this album are bit busy for the songs. Since breaking away from Island, The Frames have put out better music.
    It’s enjoyable, considering the rest of the Frames’ discography is comparatively lo-fi. But there’s a noticeable gap between here and Dance The Devil, and even more to Fitzcarraldo. Probably best to borrow and burn.

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  2. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Oh humble beginnings, July 27, 2009
    By 
    LAL

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    This review is from: Another Love Song (MP3 Music)

    If this is the first exposure you’re getting to The Frames, then enjoy then never-ending wave of constantly improving albums. If you already know their music, then enjoy this hard-to-find record that started it all. Here’s my track-by-track summary:

    1. The Dancer (9/10): An upbeat, get-outta-your-chair-and-dance type of song that seems to always brighten your mood.
    2. You Were Wrong (6/10): The first anger you’ll hear in Hansard’s voice, a very catchy rock-out song with a guitar hook in the verse that will have you humming long after the song is over.
    3. Right Road (Wrong Road)(7/10): A classic Frames-style song that starts soft and explodes into a grand rock song with more great guitar riffs.
    4. Before You Go (9/10): In my opinion, the best song on the album. Hansard sings soft in the verse until the song builds into an intense chorus, “I can’t stop loving you”.
    5. The Waltz (6/10): One of the more forgettable tunes on the album, yet still a catchy waltz and a song you probably won’t skip.
    6. Downhill From Here (8/10): The first soft song on the album that doesn’t need to explode into a rock song. Great guitar finger-picking and soft vocals (with great harmonies) make this song one of the best early Frames tunes.
    7. Masquerade (7/10): Another get-up-and-dance tune, a rocking bass line and screamin’ guitar and vocals.
    8. Picture of Love (8/10): A surprise on the album and a great overall song, another that bounces back and forth between soft and heavy rock.
    9. Martha (7/10): One of the catchier songs on the album, simple yet fun to tap a foot to.
    10. Another Love Song (8/10): The heaviest on the album, almost a punk-rock song, and it shows Hansard’s vocals with a bit of attitude.
    11. Telegraph Poles (9/10): A soft, acoustic number with soothing violin that winds you down toward the end of the album.
    12. Live Forever (7/10): The final rock-out song to close the album. Short but to the point.

    Overall, this is no masterpiece and by far not the best work from this amazing band. But all of the songs are catchy, and you can find yourself listening to this album again and again. A great addition to the library of any Frames fan!

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  3. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Irish Pixies, January 5, 2008
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    James Porter “beinfang” (Houston, TX USA) –
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    The Frames today really don’t sound like their debut. This album was produced by Gil Norton, who produced the Pixies, and there are some definite Pixie similarities here. Was Gil trying to make an Irish Pixies? Maybe. For me, it works. I like this album a lot. Glen Hansard is already an extremely emotive and charismatic vocalist, even if he does spend 60% of the album screaming (it is quite good screaming, I might add).

    There are a couple of quieter songs… “Downhill from Here” is quite beautiful, and “The Waltz” is, in fact, a waltz, even if there is some screaming and some tricky vocal time signatures in it. “Telegraph Poles” has a cool bass groove easing it along its mellow way.

    But mostly, you’re going to be banging your head with this one.

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