Glen Hansard, ‘Drive All Night’ EP


Aidin Vaziri | Glen Hansard, the Irish singer-songwriter who won an Oscar for his work on the 2006 movie “Once,” takes a minute – or nine – to pay tribute to one of his major influences on this four-song EP. The title track, a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s tear-stained 1980 ballad “Drive All Night,” finds Hansard dumping all of his emotion into the folkie epic, hitting the chorus at full speed: “I swear I’ll drive all night just to buy you some shoes/ And to taste your tender charms/ And I just wanna sleep tonight again in your arms.” Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Joe Henry and saxophonist Jake Clemons, nephew of the late Clarence, kindly drop in to help out on the harmonies, but Hansard doesn’t really need them. He does just fine on his own for the rest of the ride, strumming beautifully through the darkly melodic “Pennies in the Fountain,” stumbling into an easy groove on “Renata,” and going a cappella on the intense “Step Out of the Shadows,” which actually sounds a lot like a nod to the Boss’ boss, Bob Dylan.