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Glen Hansard and Songs of Palpable Hope

 

 

Album cover of Rhythm and Repose

Rhythm and Repose:A memorable album by Glen Hansard to savor this weekend.

Track listing

  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. “Song of Good Hope”
Bonus tracks on Deluxe Edition
  1. “Come Away to the Water”
  2. “This Gift”
  3. “Rare Bird”

 

Released     June 19, 2012
Length     46:42

Label:  ANTI-

Recorded by Patrick Dillett and produced by Thomas Bartlett.

Trivia:

The song “Come Away to the Water” was covered by Maroon 5 and Rozzi Crane on the soundtrack for the 2012 film The Hunger Games.

 

I got a copy of  Rhythm and Repose by Glen Hansard a little later after it came out. I am familiar of his music as the front man of The Frames which started  in 1991 but I never really payed much attention. Since my involvement with the world of Irish music, I heard The Swell Season every now and then and so yes Glen Hansard became a household name for me , although I never owned any of his band’s albums then.

Everything changed when my Canadian friend  Layne Greene ( a singer/songwriter based in Nova Scotia) told me about the new Glen Hansard album that he owns. I got my copy too and was at first struck by the album’s cover artwork. It show’s the artist with a face that’s in that moment before he finally gives in to the rage or pain. It reminds me of Van Gogh’s self-portrait.

I listened to the tracks and noticed this cinematic feel that runs in the entire collection of 11 songs.  The album explores  layers of emotions and personal experiences. Glen has a way with maximizing simple chord patterns. He incorporates space and nuance in his songs. The first track You Will Become has that gradual build up of mood. He adds different sounds  and textures by incorporating string and wind sections.

I’d say the song that moved me in ways I could not fully describe is Bird of Sorrow. It’s the fifth track in the collection. The hymn-like introduction of piano and his quiet singing reminds me of being inside a church. Imagine it’s early morning after something bad happened , and all you can do was to ask why something like that happened to you. The song is  in a point of view of someone who is trying to tell the grieving person that no hope is lost. That there is still something to look forward to. And that he is sticking with that person through thick and thin until everything turns out right. The salvo of emotions bloom full-scale when he reaches that part near the end, where he sings at the top of his voice ” I am not leaving yet”.  That is the most cathartic experience I’ve ever heard someone sing that it sends goosebumps all over me every time I hear that part. It is like what happens when someone is performing exorcism on you, trying to get rid of that demon that’s causing all the pain. I sent this track to TJ Lubrano and she loved it too!

The album is a must have for those who appreciate elegant songwriting wrapped in intricate musical arrangements. This is one great album that I would recommend to anyone who has undergone something really crappy in life. For those who just want  a beautiful collection of songs then Rhythm and Repose will not fail you.

Bird of Sorrow Lyrics

Songwriter: HANSARD, GLEN
Even if a day feels to long
You feel like you can wait another one
And you’ve slowly given up on everything
Love is gonna find you again
Love is gonna find you, you better be ready then
Well you been kneeling in the dark for far too long
You’ve been waiting for that spark but it hasn’t come
I’m calling to you please get off the floor
A good heart will find you again
A good heart will find you just be ready then
Tethered to a bird of sorrow
A voice that’s buried in the hollow
You’ve given over to self-deceiving
You prostrate bow but not believing
You’ve squandered more than you could borrow
You bet your joy on all tomorrows for the hope of some returning
While everything around you is burning
Come on we gotta get out get out of this mess we’ve made
And still for all our talk we’re both so afraid
But will we leave this up to chance like we do everything
Love is gonna find us again
Love is gonna find us you gotta be ready then
Tethered to a bird of sorrow
A voice that’s buried in the hollow
You’ve given over the self- deceiving
You prostrate bow but not believing
You’ve squandered more than you could borrow
You bet your joy on all tomorrows for the hope of some returning
While everything around you is burning
But I’m not leaving yet
I’m not leaving yet
I’m not leaving yet
I’m not leaving yet
Yeah I’m not leaving
I’m not leaving yet
Yeah I’m hanging on
I’m hanging on
Oh what’s gonna come
Oh I’m hangin on
Hangin on hangin on hangin on hanging on hanging on hanging on
And the fateful with the faithful I’m hanging on
What’s gonna come oh, what’s gonna come
Hanging on hanging on with the faithful the faithful

 

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