The Cost (album)

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The Cost
Studio album by The Frames
Released 20 September 2006 (Ireland)
20 February 2007 (International)
Recorded March 2006
Genre Rock
Label Plateau Records (Ireland)
ANTI- (International)
The Frames chronology
Burn the Maps
(2004)Burn the Maps2004
The Cost
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (5.2/10)[1]
The New York Times 7/10 stars[2]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[4]
The A.V. Club B+[5]
Lost At Sea 4.5/5 stars[6]
The Boston Globe 8/10 stars[7]
Now 4/5 stars[8]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[9]
Filter 7.5/10 stars

The Cost is the sixth studio album by The Frames, released in Ireland on Plateau Records on 20 September 2006. The album was released worldwide on ANTI- on 20 February 2007. The album exhibits a sound more like that of For the Birds than their more recent album Burn the Maps. The Frames' line-up for The Cost features Glen Hansard on guitar and vocals, Colm Mac Con Iomaire on violin and keyboards, Joseph Doyle on bass guitar and backing vocals, Rob Bochnik on lead guitar and Graham Hopkins who played drums in place of the Frames' regular drummer Johnny Boyle. It was recorded in Black Box, France by Stephen Fitzmaurice and David Odlum with assistance from Fabian Lesure. The front and back covers feature photography by frontman Hansard of oak leaves, accompanied by a handwritten inscription reading: "Ni identitat permanent, ni idea de persona, ni d'ésser vivent, ni d'un temps d'existència" (which is Catalan for "Nor permanent identity, nor idea of a person, nor of being alive, nor of a time of existence", from a work of Antoni Tàpies). The album is enigmatically dedicated to "Multi (the ghost)".

Three songs on the album have been released before on separate productions. "Rise" appeared on The Roads Outgrown. Both "Falling Slowly" and "When Your Mind's Made Up" appeared on the 2006 album The Swell Season released by Glen Hansard and the Czech pianist Marketa Irglova. All three of these songs have been reworked for the album. Irglova shares writing credits with Hansard (and the band) on "Falling Slowly" and "People Get Ready".

A deluxe edition of the album was released on the US iTunes Store on 13 May 2008. It included three extra tracks - "The Blood," "No More I Love Yous," and "This Low," as well as the music videos for "Falling Slowly," "Sad Songs," and "The Side You Never Get To See."

The fourth track from the album, 'Rise', was featured on ABC's popular cop show 'Castle' on 24 January 2011.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Song for Someone" (G. Hansard) - 5:36
  2. "Falling Slowly" (G. Hansard, M. Irglová) - 4:35
  3. "People Get Ready" (C. MacConIomaire, G. Hansard) - 5:28
  4. "Rise" (G. Hansard) - 3:26
  5. "When Your Mind's Made Up" (G. Hansard) - 3:44
  6. "Sad Songs" (G. Hansard) - 3:09
  7. "The Cost" (C. Ward, G. Hansard) - 4:20
  8. "True" (G. Hansard) - 5:14
  9. "The Side You Never Get to See" (G. Hansard) - 3:40
  10. "Bad Bone" (G. Hansard) - 4:42

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
Irish Albums (IRMA)[10] 2
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[11] 46


  1. ^ [1] Archived May 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ [2][dead link]
  3. ^ Thom Jurek (2006-10-30). "The Cost - The Frames | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  4. ^ "Music". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  5. ^ "The Frames - The Cost". Archived from the original on March 2, 2007. Retrieved August 27, 2006. 
  6. ^ "LAS magazine | music, media, art, culture, life, everything. - Reviews". Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  7. ^ "Rock, pure and simple - The Boston Globe". 2007-03-06. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  8. ^ "THE FRAMES The Cost (Anti-/Epitaph)". Archived from the original on February 27, 2007. Retrieved August 27, 2006. 
  9. ^ "The Frames: The Cost". PopMatters. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  10. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 39, 2006". Chart-Track. IRMA.
  11. ^ "The Frames Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard.

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