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Martin Townsend

HAVING won an Oscar for his song Falling Slowly from the movie Once, in which he also appeared, Dubliner Glen Hansard returns with a debut solo album which is nothing short of a gem.

Confounding the usual verse, chorus structure Hansard builds songs with the sort of nagging instensity that characterised Jeff Buckley’s classic Grace.

The opening You Will Become sets Hansard’s rich tones against a beautiful cascade of guitar, piano and strings while Maybe Not Tonight has more of a Seventies West Coast feel.

Bird Of Sorrow recalls the whispered gospel blues of Van Morrison. An album to fall in love with.

Verdict: 5/5