Glen Hansard // Didn’t He Ramble

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Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 at 10:45 AM
Glen Hansard // Didn’t He Ramble by Alex Bieler

Glen Hansard

Didn’t He Ramble

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3.5/5 stars

Despite the years he’s spent making music, Glen Hansard may always be best known for a single triumph. For Hansard, it’s the Academy Award he deservedly won for “Falling Slowly,” a delicate, beautiful track from the film (and eventual Broadway musical) Once. It’s a shame, because Hansard’s been a reliable musician for over two decades; and one who’s skilled at creating impassioned stunners just like his Oscar-winner. It’s no different on his second solo album Didn’t He Ramble, a collection of 10 intimate tracks. While his last album Rhythm and Repose had a tendency to come across as mopey, Ramble presents Hansard singing from the gut without ever sounding too precious. Album standout “Her Mercy” is a track that evolves along with Hansard’s strengths, going from a quiet guitar confessional to an emotional outburst. Some people may only know Hansard for Once, but Ramble is a solid set of songs that show off why he’s more than just a one-song award winner. —Alex Bieler

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