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The Frames
The Cost

Rating: 8.2/10 ?

April 26, 2007
Floating on lo-fi, acoustic clouds full of emotion, The Cost is The Frames' most complete work to date. This time around the key is vocalist/guitarist Glen Hansard's songwriting, which lends itself to slow, sweeping builds buttressed by the strings of Colm Mac An Iomaire and the sweet, sliding riffs of Robert Bochnik. At their prime, The Frames evoke memories of fellow Irish rock outfit Rubyhorse, providing the appropriate platform for Hansard's whispery, overly-passionate delivery that's at once Adam Duritz and Josh Ritter.

Having released their debut album, Another Love Song, some fifteen years ago, it's been a long journey to this point and it is the Frames' maturation and experience that makes The Cost as strong as it is. It's as if you can hear the seventeen years it's taken to get from the band's inception, in Dublin in 1990, to this point; Hansard's weathered, yearning delivery makes you want to listen.

Beginning with Hansard's pensive delivery before swelling into a wall of electric distortion, "People Get Ready" best personifies the band's development. After starting with a formulaic radio-friendly opener, "Falling Slowly" is The Cost's most poignant track, further showing that the Frames have learned enough to not show their cards straight away. You can never tell how a song might develop and, from beginning to end, The Cost is an emotional trip worth taking, one that seems to move further inward in its focus and insight with each track.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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