Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
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Strict Joy

After falling in love on screen and off, Once’s Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová quit dating. On Strict Joy, their slow-strummed Americana has gone from wistful to blubbering-into-your-Guinness sad, with words like ”rain” and ”hurt” harmonized over plinking piano keys. Occasionally, all that lamenting gets nap-inducing. Luckily, Hansard saves some rage for ”Feeling the Pull,” which suggests the best love songs come from those who don’t believe in them anymore. B

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Strict Joy
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