Thursday, November 02, 2006

Damien Rice - 9

Damien Rice has a new album, entitled "9", coming out on November 14th. This is very exciting news for those of us who adored his first release, 2003's "O". Damien's melancholy folk style on O made it feel like an instant classic. It was sincere, beautiful and had a lot of emotion in it. I have high hopes for 9 after hearing the first track from the album, "9 Crimes", which is really beautiful and reminiscent of tracks from O. Perhaps I shouldn't have such high hopes though, after reading the review that is posted on
Not quite as endearing as his raw and seductive 2002 debut, O, the second full-length album by Irish troubadour Damien Rice finds him taking a more slapdash approach to his lyrics and arrangements, with balmy tracks like "Rootless Tree," "Coconut Skins," and "Me, My Yoke, and I" seemingly made up and recorded on the spot. Strange then that it took so long for 9 to actually arrive, with just a handful of odd collaborations (Tori Amos, Herbie Hancock) and one promising benefit single ("Unplayed Piano") to hold fans over during the four-year delay. Nothing here quite achieves the lush poetry on display there, although Rice and his singing companion Lisa Hannigan come close with the creepy opening track "9 Crimes" and the damaged whisper-to-a-scream ballad, "Elephant." --Aidin Vaziri
Ouch, that's not what I want to hear, but I loved O so much that I definitely thought it worth the risk to pre-order the album all the same. His inclusion of Lisa Hannigan again is definitely a plus, as I think her vocals to his songs take them from great to extraordinary.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slapdash or just more developed as an artist?!! Maybe you are not suppose to get exactly what he is saying--leaves one to think. Just like David Gray gets more in depth with his any talented artist should. I have the album "9", before it is release date, and it is AMAZING. His emotions are still brought to his breaking point and released upon us, especially in Rootless Tree. Any true fan would agree that his new album is just as good, if not better. I say better. Every song is delish;)

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