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Strict Joy [Box]

Strict Joy [Box]


When Once hit theaters in 2007, Glen Hansard had already pursued international recognition 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, as few bands manage to mix intimacy and sweeping songcraft with such finesse. [A three-disc Deluxe Edition was also released, featuring a live audio CD and accompanying concert DVD.] ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Anderson Mill
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  • Label: Anti (USA)
  • UPC: 045778705221
  • Region: Region [unknown]
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Track listings

  • 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)
  • 2. Feeling The Pull (Featuring Chris Lightcap/Mark‚Ta Irglov /Javier Mas/Thomas Bartlett/Glen Hansard)
  • 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)
  • 4. Rain, The (Featuring Mark‚Ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Thomas Bartlett/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard)
  • 5. Fantasy Man (Featuring Mark‚Ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Rob Bochnik/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard)
  • 6. Paper Cup (Featuring Chris Lightcap/Javier Mas/Thomas Bartlett/Glen Hansard)
  • 7. High Horses (Featuring Mark‚Ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard)
  • 8. Verb, The (Featuring Mark‚Ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Thomas Bartlett/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard)
  • 9. I Have Loved You Wrong (Featuring Mark‚Ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard)
  • 10. Love That Conquers (Featuring Mark‚Ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Javier Mas/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard)
  • 11. Two Tongues (Featuring Mark‚Ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Peter Katis/Rob Bochnik/Thomas Bartlett/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard)
  • 12. Back Broke (Featuring Mark‚Ta Irglov /Graham Hopkins/Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Javier Mas/Rob Bochnik/Joseph Doyle/Glen Hansard)
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. All The Way Down (Live)
  • 2. Lies (Live)
  • 3. This Low (Live)
  • 4. Drown Out (Live)
  • 5. When Your Mind's Made Up (Live)
  • 6. I Have Loved You Wrong (Live)
  • 7. Falling Slowly (Live)
  • 8. Leave (Live)
  • 9. What Happens When The Heart Just Stops (Live)
  • 10. Lay Me Down (Live)
  • 11. Once (Live)
  • 12. If You Want Me (Live)
  • 13. Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy (Live)
  • 14. Fitzcarraldo (Live)
  • Disc 3:
  • 1. Bonus Material (Live)
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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