Anar

Anar

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by Markéta Irglová
     
 

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Being in a band with Glen Hansard can't be easy. He's a magnetic frontman, the kind of musical black hole whose charisma and supersized vocals seem to suck the light out of everything else on-stage. As one half of the Swell Season, though, Markéta Irglová quietly held her ground, yielding the spotlight to her partner whenever he…  See more details below

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Being in a band with Glen Hansard can't be easy. He's a magnetic frontman, the kind of musical black hole whose charisma and supersized vocals seem to suck the light out of everything else on-stage. As one half of the Swell Season, though, Markéta Irglová quietly held her ground, yielding the spotlight to her partner whenever he wanted it but rarely disappearing into the background. Now, with the Swell Season on the back burner and her relationship with Hansard downgraded to "friends only," she makes her solo debut with Anar. Left to her own devices, Irglová clings to a delicate mix of singer/songwriter piano tunes and adult contemporary ballads, most of which prize ethereality above genuine pop hooks. Brushed percussion and gobs of background vocals help beef up an otherwise sparse sound, and some of the better songs pit Irglová's piano against a backdrop of thick, vintage-sounding horns. Even at its most ornate, though, this album never manages to bring its maker out of her introverted shell. Irglová always worked well as a foil to Glen Hansard --- she was the calm to his frenzy, the cool-down to his catharsis --- but she's too subdued on her own, and Anar's pretty, gauzy ambience makes an impression without leaving a real impact.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2011
Label:
Anti
UPC:
0045778716029
Rank:
82284

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Markéta Irglová   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Fred Lonberg-Holm   Cello
Frank Rosaly   Drums
Jeb Bishop   Trombone
Rob Bochnik   Electric Guitar
Tim Iseler   Bass,Electric Guitar
Jaimie Branch   Trumpet
Jake Clemons   Saxophone
Zohreh Shayesteh   Vocals
Aida Shahghasemi   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Weston   Mastering
Sheila Sachs   Layout
Traditional   Composer
Rob Bochnik   Composer
Tim Iseler   Producer,Engineer
Markéta Irglová   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Artwork
Nahid Hagigat   Paintings,Cover Painting
Ali Yavari   Layout

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Anar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AngelaA More than 1 year ago
I've followed Marketa's career since the movie Once, which won the Oscar for Best Song, and have been mesmerized by her in concert as part of Swell Season. She is thoughtful, intelligent and funny and this CD is beautiful, soothing and inspiring at the same time. Just a joy and something you'll want to keep on constant replay.