Be­tween Two Shores

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THE SEA OF LOVE Long be­fore play­ing him­self in the movie that changed his life for­ever – is there an al­ter­na­tive uni­verse where he went on to be­come a ma­jor ac­tion star? – Glen Hansard was all about the song, reach­ing for the hal­lowed ground oc­cu­pied by Van Mor­ri­son, Bruce Spring­steen, and his beloved Bob Dy­lan.

In­deed, an in­ter­sec­tion of Van and The Boss in full flight (which char­ac­terises Hansard’s cur­rent live show) is what’s on of­fer here. If you ap­pre­ci­ated the horn-driven soul bel­ter

‘Her Mercy’ on the last al­bum, then you may pro­ceed with con­fi­dence.

We pitch and heave from

‘Roll On Slow’ – a groovy Spring­steen/Stones mash-up, driven by the mighty kit-work of Gra­ham Hop­kins – to the Van-style soul plead­ing of ‘Why Woman’, and even find time to make port for a nod to the Ge­orge Har­ri­son of All Things Must Pass on ‘One Of Us Must Lose’.

The two shores Hansard sails be­tween are the heart­break of lost love, and the ac­cep­tance of love’s pass­ing. He pleads for an­other chance in ‘Why Woman’ and cries a river in ‘Wreck­less Heart’, be­fore de­cid­ing to let go in ‘Movin’ On’. It’s then a case of ‘Set­ting Forth’ to the heart’s next port of call, while fondly look­ing back in ‘Your Heart’s

Not In It’ and ‘Lucky Man’. Time, as promised, will be the healer, once again.

A res­o­lutely grown up record then, beau­ti­fully con­structed and played – spe­cial merit badges to the brass sec­tion of Michael Buck­ley and Ro­nan Dooney. Ladies and gen­tle­men, I give you, the Celtic Soul Brother.



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