Album: Anar

Artist: Markéta Irglová

Grade: B

Anar sees Markéta Irglová test her musical abilities alone, without her long-time other half, Glen Hansard. Irglová’s debut solo album proves quite the jump from her outings with The Swell Season – without Hansard’s domineering presence to demand all of your attention, she really gets the chance to shine and it’s not an opportunity she lets slip away.

The album feels intensely heartfelt and personal. For the most part, it’s just Irglová and her piano, leaving little room for her to hide. Her lyrics are pensive, seemingly reflecting on loves both past and present, almost with a deep sense of longing, which is particularly evident in ‘Now You Know’ and lead single, ‘Go Back’.

When you listen to the album from start to finish, it lags a little in the middle and starts to feel quite repetitive. However, penultimate track ‘Dokhtar Goochani’, an Iranian cover, sparks interest again. Individually however, the songs are almost all exceptional.

In a Nutshell: Charmingly exquisite