The Frames are one of my favourite bands. "For The Birds" is without a doubt one of my desert island discs. It's with dissapointment then that I read Stylus Magazine's review of The Coast, their latest album.
In giving it a "D-" they report
"The Cost tries to recapture the stately slow burn of For the Birds, but ultimately suffers the same fate of the poppin’ fresh dough that was Leaders of the Free World, Elbow’s fall from grace. Ironic that these two groups were once posited as rougher, more masculine alternatives to Travis. Fran and ’em never sounded this soggy, and The Cost is basically Wonder Bread dragged all the way across the pond. Talk about the last laugh of the laughter."
I can't comment, I haven't heard any of the album yet. Hopefully Stylus got it wrong.
Here's a review of their gig in December 2005.
and of a Glen Hansard solo gig I was at.