For the Birds (The Frames album)

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For the Birds
Studio album by The Frames
Released 2 April 2001
Genre Rock
Label Plateau Records
The Frames chronology
Dance the Devil
(1999)Dance the Devil1999
For the Birds
Breadcrumb Trail
(2002)Breadcrumb Trail2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club (favorable)[2]
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10)[3]
Spin (7/10)[4]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[5]

For the Birds is the fourth studio album by Dublin based band The Frames. The album was first released in Ireland on 2 April 2001 on Plateau Records, the Frames' own indie label. The band's line-up for this album featured Glen Hansard on guitar and vocals, Colm Mac Con Iomaire on violin, Joseph Doyle on bass guitar and backing vocals, Dave Odlum on lead guitar and Dave Hingerty on drums.

According to the album notes, recording took place in a wide variety of places: "recorded by Steve Albini, Craig Ward and David Odlum at Electrical Audio, Chicago and in Ventry, Kerry at Joan's house with additional recording and mixing at various bedrooms and houses including Black Box, La Dionae France, Trevor Hutchinson's, Mic Christopher's and Mrs Odlums."

In May 2009 "For the Birds" was voted by writers of the Irish music website as the best Irish album released between 1999 and 2009.[6]

On 30 March 2011 The Frames played the album in full at a 10th Anniversary gig in Dublin's Vicar Street (featuring Dave Odlum on guitar), before playing 13 more songs, either from their back catalogue or special performances with friends. Joining the band on stage at Vicar Street were Liam O'Maonlai, Bronagh Gallagher, Damien Rice, Interference and others.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Glen Hansard, except where noted.

  1. "In the Deep Shade" (Rachel Grimes, Hansard, Dave Odlum) (3:29)
  2. "Lay Me Down" (3:11)
  3. "What Happens When the Heart Just Stops" (4:20)
  4. "Headlong" (5:20)
  5. "Fighting on the Stairs" (3:22)
  6. "Giving Me Wings" (3:34)
  7. "Early Bird" (5:04)
  8. "Friends and Foe" (4:07)
  9. "Santa Maria" (6:57)
  10. "Disappointed" (3:09)
  11. "Mighty Sword" (9:42)


Chart positions[edit]

Country Position
Ireland 41


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