Glen Hansard's 'Drive All Night' review: Serious folk music

"Drive All Night," new album by Glen Hansard

"Drive All Night," new album by Glen Hansard (Credit: Handout)

Attempting to out-earnest Bruce Springsteen on one of his most earnest songs, "Drive All Night," isn't easy, but veteran Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard manages it with help from Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Springsteen's sax man Jake Clemons. Many know Hansard from his work in the 2006 movie "Once," and removed from his former partner Markéta Irglová, he skews serious and heavy-handed. But all four of the songs on this EP aren't bad: "Pennies in the Fountain" uses fingerpicking to advance its folkie

loneliness, and the a cappella "Standing In the Shadows" has a change-is-

gonna-come heft. A portion of the "Drive All Night" sales go to music-education nonprofit Little Kids Rock.
"Drive All Night"


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GRADE B

BOTTOM LINE Bruce completists will love the title track; the rest is Serious Folk Music

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