Let me first start by saying that Glen Hansard is one of my favorite musicians. The Dubliner who brought us the Oscar winning and Grammy nominated motion picture Once, continues his odyssey of a career with his latest album, Didn’t He Ramble, which was released on September 18th and in now nominated for “best folk album” at this years Grammy’s. This is Hansard’s second solo album, his first since he debuted as a solo act with Rhyme and Response in 2012, but is just the next chapter of his brilliant 25 year musical career.
Featuring on Didn’t He Ramble is the song “Her Mercy.” It is a beautiful song whose lyrics and instrumentation are direct parallels as it progresses. Hansard begins the song sounding somewhat defeated and desperate for a shimmer of hope. The music is slow yet steady and as the sections go on, hope grows as a horn section and a backing choir joins Hansard’s raspy scream of the “mercy” that he was once unsure of receiving. The song ends with the same sound that it began with, but this time around, because of the song’s journey, Hansard sounds relieved. He sounds accomplished, that he is finally deserving of “Her Mercy.”
Have a listen to the song below!