The Cost - The Frames
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  • Summary: The Dublin, Ireland band returns with a follow-up to 2005's 'Burn The Maps.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. This stuff is pure musical and lyrical inspiration.
  2. The album is sophisticated and layered with deft orchestration. And yet, the band's songwriting and delivery display an earnestness and lack of pretension that's pure rock.
  3. 80
    There's a nervy, frayed soulfulness to these songs. [Feb 2007, p.76]
  4. The music stays diverse and dynamic. [26 Feb 2007]
  5. The tempos are more uniform, and the huge arcs of all those ballads, hoisted high by fiddle, abstract guitar fragments and Glen Hansard's scratchy tenor, feel surprisingly safe.
  6. 60
    Pleasant if unspectacular. [#74, p.96]
  7. Everything about The Cost is inflated and with little payoff, a blight for a band worth so much more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jan 4, 2012
    7
    having been a massive frames fan for a decade before this was released, this was a big disappointment. There are at least 3 weak tracks on this - unheard of on previous frames efforts. The inclusion of People Get Ready boosts the albums score. Too many crossover songs from the Swell Season album as well. Feels like Glen spread himself too thin across the 2 projects he was working on around this time. The fact that there hasn't been a Frames album (Strict Joy is not a Frames album no matter what anyone says) since this suggests that the band realised there creative force has waned. Expand

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