November 26, 2005

The Frames – Burn the Maps

Filed under: Reviews — Svato @ 1:14 pm

The Frames - Burn the Maps
The Frames have been around for more than 15 years, but never made it as big as they would deserve. Thank god! They have always been the great small band, really close to their fans and down to earth. In that sense – I hope they never become big!

Burn the Maps is Frames’ first album released by Anti-, the Epitaph label that features such diverse and sharp acts as the Locust, Joe Henry, or Jolie Holland. Glen Hansard and the lads fit in there just fine — although Anti- might look like and oddly formed place, it gives artists space to move.

The Frames’ music on Burn the Maps ranges from Pixies-like guitar rage to tracks where Glen’s whispering brings us back to beauty of their previous albums like For The Birds or Fitzcarraldo.

As Glen screams and pleas in the same time on the “Fake” – “Come on the guy’s a fake/What do you love him for?” “Happy” shows excellent studio mixing effort with lingering harmonies, vocals, and layers of strings, acoustic guitar, and a bit of electric squelch.

Burn the Maps is a rudimentary journey that pulls at the heart and lingers around in the mind — the same effect good old Frames’ music has had for years. And next time The Frames are playing near you – make sure to see them live – goose bumps and shivers guaranteed!

Rating: SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne

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