Ian S. Port

Sincerely again

After 15 years, the Frames still mean well

Seven minutes into the Frames' latest album, The Cost (Anti-), during a song titled "Falling Slowly," the Dublin, Ireland, veterans capture everything off-putting about their music in two stanzas splayed over a glassy-eyed piano: "Take this sinking boat / And point it home / We've still got time // Raise your hopeful voice / You have a choice / You've made it now."

If vocalist Glen Hansard's tired poesy weren't winceworthy enough, the fact that he's pulled it out on wistful anthem number two of 10 would seem to cast The Cost as the kind of repetit Read more »