Strict Joy (Limited Deluxe Version includes CD, Live CD and DVD) CD (2009)

Artist: Swell Season

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The Swell Season, the Oscar-winning duo of Frames frontman Glen Hansard and Czech ingenue Marketa Irglova, release the follow-up to their beloved, surprise hit 2007 film and gold-certified soundtrack Once. The twelve new, original songs on Strict Joy were recorded last year and document a time of great change.

Strict Joy, which borrows its name from a work by Irish poet James Stephens, was co-produced by Hansard and Peter Katis (The National, Interpol), and recorded mostly at Katis' Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, CT. In addition to Hansard and Irglova, the album features Frames members Colm Mac Iomaire (violin), Joe Doyle (bass), Rob Bochnik (guitar) and others.

Strict Joy Track Listing
1. Low Rising
2. Feeling the Pull
3. In These Arms
4. The Rain
5. Fantasy Man
6. Paper Cup
7. High Horses
8. The Verb
9. I Have Loved You Wrong
10. Love That Conquers
11. Two Tongues
12. Back Broke

Live CD Track Listing
1. Say It To Me Now
2. All The Way Down
3. Lies
4. This Low
5. Drown Out
6. When Your Mind's Made Up
7. I Have Loved You Wrong
8. Falling Slowy
9. Gigantic (Pixies Cover)
10. Leave
11. What Happens When The Heart Just Stops
12. Lay Me Down
13. Go With Happiness
14. Once
15. If You Want Me
16. Blue Shoes
17. Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy
18. Fitzcarraldo
19. Star Star
20. The Auld Triangle (Traditional)

DVD Track Listing
1. Say it To Me Now
2. All the Way Down
3. Mind Made Up
4. Lay Me Down
5. Falling Slowly
6. Gigantic
7. Loved You Wrong
8. Fitzcarraldo
9. Once

Specifications

Label Anti Records/ada
SKU 211822336
UPC 045778705221
UPC 14 00045778705221
Format CD
Release Date 10/27/2009
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Author Swell Season
Technical Info
Engineer Karl Odlum
Producer Peter Katis
CatalogID 87052
Lable Name Anti
Released 10/27/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 3
SPARE Code n/a
Length 115m : 29s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00045778705221
Musical Guests
Marketa Irglova
Graham Hopkins
Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Rob Bochnik
Steven Bernstein
Clark Gayton
Joseph Doyle
Glen Hansard
Chris Lightcap
Javier Mas
Thomas Bartlett
Peter Katis
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Glen Hansard (vocals, guitar); Mark?ta Irglov  (vocals, piano); Rob Bochnik (guitar, mandolin); Joseph Doyle (guitar); Javier Mas (Spanish guitar); Colm Mac Con Iomaire (violin); Steven Bernstein (trumpet, French horn); Clark Gayton (bass trombone); Thomas Bartlett (keyboards); Graham Hopkins (drums, percussion); Peter Katis (percussion).
Audio Mixer: EJ Holowicki.
When ONCE hit theaters in 2007, Glen Hansard had already pursued international acclaim for more than 15 years with the Frames. Although popular in Ireland, the singer's music wasn't nearly as omnipresent in other countries until the movie's release, which catapulted former Frames tunes like "Falling Slowly" into the spotlight. The ONCE soundtrack was also a big hit, turning Hansard's side project with simpatico songwriter Mark?ta Irglov  into a full-fledged, award-winning, globetrotting band. While playing international venues and attending industry award shows, the two attracted additional attention for their real-life relationship, which effectively replaced ONCE's semi-tearful conclusion with a storybook ending. Released two years after the film's release, however, STRICT JOY finds Hansard and Irglov  going their separate ways, choosing to end their relationship while remaining in the same band.
Hansard has used heartbreak for fuel in the past, and he keeps the blaze going throughout these 12 tracks. If the ONCE soundtrack was a bit spotty - its track list culled from a haphazard array of old Frames songs, Van Morrison covers, collaborative material, and musicians' own tunes - then STRICT JOY shows what the Swell Season can do with a singular theme and a solid backing band, both of which contribute to the album's cohesion. Van Morrison's influence is still apparent, particularly in the '70s-styled soul of "Low Rising," but the singer/songwriter ambience that permeated ONCE's music doesn't carry as much weight here. Instead, STRICT JOY devotes more concern to exploring the lush possibilities of Swell Season's sound, which now includes tasteful doses of strings, electric guitar, and overdubbed harmonies. The results are quite often gorgeous, with songs like "The Rain" and "Wild Horses" building up to expansive, cathartic climaxes over the course of several minutes. Also striking are the performances by Mark?ta Irglov , who turns her fragile voice - an instrument that always seemed detrimentally self-conscious on previous albums - into something alluring on "Fantasy Man" and "I Have Loved You Wrong." It's testament to the band's vision that they remain focused despite such improvements; no amount of cinematic orchestration can change the fact that these songs are, after all, inward-looking tunes about heartbreak and personal struggle, and their lyrics resonate regardless of their wrapping paper. As a result, STRICT JOY is a joy from start to finish, and few bands manage to mix intimacy and sweeping songcraft with such finesse.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.79) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he duo deliver with their most dynamic set yet, with hot Irish soul segueing into energetic folk rock and dream-pop-touched balladry."
Spin (p.84) - "STRICT JOY is a glorious bummer....Heartache swells from these swooning folk-pop tunes..."
Entertainment Weekly - "Hansard saves some rage for 'Feeling the Pull,' which suggests the best love songs come from those who don't believe in them anymore." -- Grade: B
Alternative Press (p.117) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The songs are mostly straightforward piano-and-acoustic guitar, perfectly punctuated by strings and horns. The showcase, though, is Hansard and Irglova's intertwining vocals."
CMJ - "[E]verything here is tightly constructed and not too showy; Hansard in particular shines on the sorrowful ballad 'Rain'..."
Billboard (p.32) - "The lyrics continue to center on relationships, providing a raw and emotionally charged narrative to songs that are sonically more integrated and refined than on the group's debut."
Artist Bio
The Swell SeasonFormed by the Frames' frontman Glen Hansard and Czech songstress Marketa Irglova, the Swell Season (named after a novel by humanist Czech writer Josef Skvorecky) are a songwriting duo with a penchant for vocal harmonies and acoustic-based songcraft. The pop/rock twosome released a self-titled debut in 2006, just after the appearance of the Frames' sixth effort, The Cost. Hansard and Irglova also appeared as working-class immigrants in the popular Irish movie Once, which was presented at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. The following year, the duo received an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the film's hit single, "Falling Slowly," and the Swell Season's popularity surged as a result.Once: Music from the Motion Picture went gold in February 2008, and an accompanying tour saw the group performing to sold-out crowds in multiple countries. Of course, part of the group's appeal was the real-life relationship of its co-founders, which lent a romantic chemistry to the Swell Season's stage show. Hansard and Irglova ultimately split up in January 2009, yet the band continued moving forward with a sophomore release, Strict Joy, which appeared later that year.
Disc 1
1 Low Rising - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Rob Bochnik/Steven Bernstein/Clark Gayton/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),All The Way Down - (live)
2 Feeling the Pull - (featuring Chris Lightcap/Mark?ta Irglov /Javier Mas/Thomas Bartlett/Glen Hansard),Lies - (live)
3 In These Arms - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Steven Bernstein/Clark Gayton/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),This Low - (live)
4 Rain, The - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Thomas Bartlett/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),Drown Out - (live)
5 Fantasy Man - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Rob Bochnik/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),When Your Mind's Made Up - (live)
6 Paper Cup - (featuring Chris Lightcap/Javier Mas/Thomas Bartlett/Glen Hansard),I Have Loved You Wrong - (live)
7 High Horses - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),Falling Slowly - (live)
8 Verb, The - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Thomas Bartlett/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),Leave - (live)
9 I Have Loved You Wrong - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),What Happens When The Heart Just Stops - (live)
10 Love That Conquers - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Javier Mas/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),Lay Me Down - (live)
11 Two Tongues - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Thomas Bartlett/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),Once - (live)
12 Back Broke - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Javier Mas/Rob Bochnik/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),If You Want Me - (live)
13 Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy - (live)
14 Fitzcarraldo - (live)
Disc 2
1 Low Rising - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Rob Bochnik/Steven Bernstein/Clark Gayton/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),All The Way Down - (live)
2 Feeling the Pull - (featuring Chris Lightcap/Mark?ta Irglov /Javier Mas/Thomas Bartlett/Glen Hansard),Lies - (live)
3 In These Arms - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Steven Bernstein/Clark Gayton/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),This Low - (live)
4 Rain, The - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Thomas Bartlett/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),Drown Out - (live)
5 Fantasy Man - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Rob Bochnik/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),When Your Mind's Made Up - (live)
6 Paper Cup - (featuring Chris Lightcap/Javier Mas/Thomas Bartlett/Glen Hansard),I Have Loved You Wrong - (live)
7 High Horses - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),Falling Slowly - (live)
8 Verb, The - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Thomas Bartlett/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),Leave - (live)
9 I Have Loved You Wrong - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),What Happens When The Heart Just Stops - (live)
10 Love That Conquers - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Javier Mas/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),Lay Me Down - (live)
11 Two Tongues - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Thomas Bartlett/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),Once - (live)
12 Back Broke - (featuring Mark?ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Javier Mas/Rob Bochnik/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard),If You Want Me - (live)
13 Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy - (live)
14 Fitzcarraldo - (live)
Reviews
ReviewSource AllMusicGuide.com
Review When Once hit theaters in 2007, Glen Hansard had already pursued international acclaim for more than 15 years with the Frames. Although popular in Ireland, the singer's music wasn't nearly as omnipresent in other countries until the movie's release, which catapulted former Frames tunes like "Falling Slowly" into the spotlight. The Once soundtrack was also a big hit, turning Hansard's side project with simpatico songwriter Marketa Irglova into a full-fledged, award-winning, globetrotting band. While playing international venues and attending industry award shows, the two attracted additional attention for their real-life relationship, which effectively replaced Once's semi-tearful conclusion with a storybook ending. Released two years after the film's release, however, Strict Joy finds Hansard and Irglova going their separate ways, choosing to end their relationship while remaining in the same band...Hansard has used heartbreak for fuel in the past, and he keeps the blaze going throughout these 12 tracks. If the Once soundtrack was a bit spotty -- its track list culled from a haphazard array of old Frames songs, Van Morrison covers, collaborative material, and musicians' own tunes -- then Strict Joy shows what the Swell Season can do with a singular theme and a solid backing band, both of which contribute to the album's cohesion. Van Morrison's influence is still apparent, particularly in the '70s-styled soul of "Low Rising," but the singer/songwriter ambience that permeated Once's music doesn't carry as much weight here. Instead, Strict Joy devotes more concern to exploring the lush possibilities of Swell Season's sound, which now includes tasteful doses of strings, electric guitar, and overdubbed harmonies. The results are quite often gorgeous, with songs like "The Rain" and "Wild Horses" building up to expansive, cathartic climaxes over the course of several minutes. Also striking are the performances by Marketa Irglova, who turns her fragile voice -- an instrument that always seemed detrimentally self-conscious on previous albums -- into something alluring on "Fantasy Man" and "I Have Loved You Wrong." It's testament to the band's vision that they remain focused despite such improvements; no amount of cinematic orchestration can change the fact that these songs are, after all, inward-looking tunes about heartbreak and personal struggle, and their lyrics resonate regardless of their wrapping paper. As a result, Strict Joy is a joy from start to finish, and few bands manage to mix intimacy and sweeping songcraft with such finesse.
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Reviewer Andrew Leahey
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Artist Swell Season
Music Format Compact Disc
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Kelly Staskel, Billboard.com Strict Joy maintains the relatability and sincerity that made the soundtrack to Once so compelling.
Noel Murray, The Onion A.V. Club When Hansard and Irglova keep the arrangements simple, it's easier to hear who they are.

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