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  • Summary: The third full-length solo release for the Irish singer-songwriter was recorded in France and produced by Frames guitarist David Odlum.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
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  1. Jan 19, 2018
    80
    Whereas at times in the past it seemed like he was searching for his place in the crowded field of modern singer-songwriters and in danger of sounding too much like others, here he clearly finds his own voice. ... This is a really fine album.
  2. Jan 19, 2018
    80
    An album that wrestles with heartbreak but always balances it with warmth and sincerity.
  3. 80
    Unfeigned and irresistible.
  4. Uncut
    Jan 17, 2018
    70
    Between Two Shores might be his most compelling and imaginative amalgam of Big Pink folk-rock and Muscle Shoals R&B. [Feb 2018, p.28]
  5. Jan 26, 2018
    60
    Between Two Shores is another Glen Hansard album filled with good songs, gorgeous music and gregarious singing. Is that enough? You decide.
  6. Q Magazine
    Jan 17, 2018
    60
    Hansard's elastic vocals hit all the right notes. Missing, however, is an earthiness that could take these polished songs to another level. [Feb 2018, p.111]
  7. Feb 7, 2018
    50
    It's a decent record, even good. But am I going to be able to remember any of these songs in two months without playing them first? Experience says probably not.

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  1. Jun 23, 2018
    7
    There was a time, at the turn of the century when Glen Hansard's songwriting, at that time as the leaser of art rock band The Frames, couldThere was a time, at the turn of the century when Glen Hansard's songwriting, at that time as the leaser of art rock band The Frames, could only be described as mercurial. Although he has won an Oscar in the mid 00's, I feel that since 2001's immaculate "For The Birds" album, Hansard has struggled to produce the brilliance which seemed to come so easily for a period. He has made several very good records and 2012's excellent "Rhythm and Repose" hinted that there was still a bit of fire in the belly but overall, my general impression is that Hansard's writing has become unmemorable for the most part. "Between Two Shores" is one of those good but slightly boring albums. A good album but when it comes from a man who has written one of my all time favourite albums, simply good ends up being disappointing. Hansard used to put his whole being into his work, no doubt sacrificing much in the process. "Between Two Shores" is as far away from this that Hansard has ever been. Expand