Monday, November 9, 2009

Letter: Swell Season at Clowes

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Unfortunately, in the review of The Swell Season concert (Music, "The Swell Season," Nov. 4-11), Jim Po[y]ser's propensity towards self-important logorrhea offers no actual information about the concert. Well, I guess we know how he feels about iPhones. This was not a movie spin-off. This was an incredibly great rock-n-roll show in it's own right. This was not the Glen and Marketa Show. This was the Glen Hansard Show - as I believe it has always been, no matter the format or the other folks he has in his band. I mean, this guy is a freakin' machine! Hansard's ability to channel the simplistic and visceral into three or four minute songs that read as epics makes him one of the best songwriters of my generation... Perhaps ever. His delivery is at once jarringly intimate and professional; a quick wit, "Diamond Dave" level charisma, and heart-on-his-sleeve vocals combine to give Hansard what he needs from his audience - trust. At one point, he unplugged his acoustic guitar and stepped away from the microphone to perform "Say it to Me Now," "Busker-style." The audience didn't even breathe until the song was over. Marketa was great, The Frames were great... The encore was not just "Falling Slowly," but four or five other songs, as well. An interesting note about the evening: there was a full moon in the sky so we heard from the band many moon references in the songs they played. I hope they all stay together as a band - as The Swell Season.

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