Didn't He Ramble

Didn't He Ramble

by Glen HansardGlen Hansard


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Glen Hansard is an artist who is not afraid to lay bare his soul for his audience to see, but few artists as passionate as Hansard can modulate themselves quite so well; his music is deeply and openly emotional without Hansard sounding as if he's melting into a puddle of melodrama. Hansard's emotional high-wire act is once again the centerpiece of his third full-length solo effort, 2015's Didn't He Ramble, and the album's polished yet rustic modern-folkie sensibility is a splendid backdrop for Hansard's compositions, ten songs that find rays of hope in bad situations while also never missing the bits of rust in his own emotional armor. Didn't He Ramble was cut during sessions in Ireland, England, and the United States, but the set has a warm and unified feel, suggesting the glory days of the '70s singer/songwriter era but with a cleaner and less indulgent sensibility. Hansard's singing is at the top of his game on Didn't He Ramble, unaffected but strong as the soulful edges of his instrument wrap themselves around his songs like a more restrained version of Van Morrison (especially on the gospel-tinged "Her Mercy"). Hansard's accompanists make the most of his lean but evocative melodies, and the string arrangements by Rob Moose and Thomas Bartlett are excellent, adding to the air of mystery in these tunes without giving the performances an unwelcome level of gloss. Didn't He Ramble shows that as a performer and a songwriter, Hansard can create powerful and satisfying work that's up to the standard he set with the Frames, and this is a step up from 2012's impressive but uneven Rhythm and Repose.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2015
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778741922
catalogNumber: 87419
Rank: 35424

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Glen Hansard   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Vocals
Ronan Dooney   Trumpet
Curtis Fowlkes   Trombone
Earl Harvin   Drums
Kenny Wollesen   Drums
Brad Albetta   Bass
David Odlum   Guitar,Percussion
Sam Amidon   Violin,Vocals
Thomas Bartlett   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Celeste,Keyboards
Graham Hopkins   Drums
Rob Bochnik   Guitar
Ray Rizzo   Drums
Michael Buckley   Flute,Saxophone
Sam Beam   Vocals
Justin Carroll   Keyboards
Joseph Doyle   Bass
Rob Moose   Mandolin,Strings,Viola
John Sheahan   Violin

Technical Credits

Patrick Dillett   Engineer
Tom Schick   Engineer
Sheila Sachs   Layout
Jon Altschuler   Engineer
David Cleary   Layout
David Odlum   Producer,Engineer
Thomas Bartlett   Producer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements
Glen Hansard   Composer,Layout
Michael Buckley   Horn Arrangements
Karl Odlum   Engineer
Rob Moose   String Arrangements
John Sheahan   String Arrangements
Dave Groener   Engineer
Jesse O' Connor   Engineer
Eimear Crehan   Director
Claire Crehan   Arranger

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