Spectacular Irish band The Frames, heart-stopping duo The Swell Season, and the hugely affecting movie Once have exactly one thing in common – Glen Hansard. He has an almost supernatural gift for live performance that is solidly backed up by first-rate songwriting credentials. A lot of Irishmen, Bono included, think Glen and his band The Frames are the best thing out of Ireland, since, you guessed it, U2. I think they might be the best thing out of any country since U2. This is Glen’s first solo album, and it plays like a lost Van Morrison classic in tone and production but the songs are pure Glen – a storyteller on a quest to solve the ever-elusive mystery of true love. Lovers and seekers alike, this one is for you.