94 - Fitzcarraldo by the Frames 1996
It is one of those mysteries of life as to why one of Ireland's biggest bands is met with such disinterest here in the UK.
Fronted by the powerful voice (the dictionary definition of angst) of the Commitments' guitarist Glen Hansard the Frames have 2 types of sound , emotionally draining quiet and emotionally draining loud. The fact that these 2 approaches would often appear in the same song had them in the their early days tagged as an Irish Nirvana
Their UK profile rose a bit in 1986 with the release of Ftzcarraldo as it was part produced by Trevor Horn. I think this lp just nudges a fine body of work due to the fact that the whole thing sits so well together and it features a number of my favourite Frames lps. Later lps have a more experienced feel but this one has a sense of them knowing what they were doing but still with that rawness of a relatively new band (it was their second lp)
The title track is simply immense
It isn't all bluster though , sometimes they are at their best when they are at their most delicate
Your Face - The Frames
You can buy the lp here