- 08 May 03
Set List is the sound of a band at the peak of their powers, from Colm’s stunning fiddle-work to Joe Doyle’s perfect backing vocals, with the boy Hansard as magical Master of Ceremonies, effortlessly guiding musicians and audience through their paces.
It is usually nigh-on impossible for live albums to capture the magic of actually being at a gig, and you would think that for The Frames, that goes doubly so.
After all, The Frames live are a totally unique experience: every gig is a communion of sorts between band and audience, a tribal gathering that has been growing apace for the last three years or so. And yet, Set List, recorded over four nights in Vicar St. late last year, somehow manages to capture the fairy dust that makes Glen Hansard and co. such a riveting proposition on stage.
They get crowd pleasers ‘Revelate’ and ‘Star Star’ out of the way early, the former a big, bawdy singalong, which has had a cathartic effect on a whole generation of Irish kids; the latter swoonsomely perfect, with the now obligatory trip to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory in the middle-eight.