Track Review: Glen Hansard, “Drive All Night”

Written by November 6th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

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Glen Hansard
“Drive All Night”
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

If Bruce Springsteen’s The River taught us anything, it’s that The Boss is one of the best ballad writers the U.S. has ever known. Glen Hansard of The Frames and Once fame understands this well, having just released his own version of Springsteen’s show-stopper “Drive All Night.” Extending to the original’s nearly 9-minute running time, Hansard’s version has a gorgeous arrangement of its own, his raspy, Springsteen-esque growl backed by acoustic guitar, piano, and sax from the E Street Band’s Jake Clemons. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder also adds his own backing vocals, lending a bassy counterpoint to Hansard’s own emotional lead, but it’s still very much Hansard that’s the focal point here — channeling the spirit of Springsteen’s original performance. The track is featured on a new EP, titled Drive All Night, which features three original tracks in addition to this one. But Hansard’s performance is strong enough to warrant an entire album’s worth of Boss covers.

  • Milo Mccowan

    Glen Hansard hits another home run. His previous album Rhythm and Repose is one of the finest albums so far in this decade. A fine follow up to his Swell Season ["Once" soundtrack].

  • tuigim

    Love it and want more.
    Movin’ On and more please :)

    It is brilliant just as you’d expect from Glen.
    I still don’t know if I prefer him on his own (maybe) or with other musicians.
    Whatever he does he turns it to gold.
    The best combination of course was
    The Swell Season with its harmonies from Heaven.

    Love this and will replay it over and over!
    Heavens how Jake has grown and matured. Beautiful.

  • auramac

    I wish it was the Swell Season.

  • rob

    sounds good….bruce sings like he has hemorroids

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