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One of the surprise successes of 2003, Irish troubadour Damien Rice connected with audiences by making direct pleas from the heart. The ten tracks included here on his debut full length are nearly unadorned. Rice’s voice is front and center, evoking fellow travelers David Gray and the Frames’ Glen Hansard, in his "whisper to a croak" delivery and the wandering restless spirit of his lyrics. Sure, he adds a female chorus here (“The Blower’s Daughter”) and a spare accompaniment of strings everywhere, but the focus always reverts to Rice’s minimal guitar and voice. He's is a young, undeterred romantic, falling in love without shame or reticence, and this openness of spirit is refreshing, bringing out a springtime of opportunity in the melodies. Rice may sing “Love taught me to lie,” during “Cannonball” but he’s closer to the acoustic reverie of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks than the hard-bitten politics of a hard rocker or even an aged, world-weary jazz singer. Contrary to Oscar Wilde, youth is not always wasted on the young.

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I see that Damien Rice has made a massive jump in the sales area since Phil Phillips sang Volcano on American Idol. For those of you that have just discovered this AMAZING singer/song writer do yourself a favour. First, download both of his full length albums. Second, look for his version of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions. Pure brilliance.
Enjoy Damien's music like the rest of us have for the last several years now.


I've know Damien Rice since maybe 3 years now.. What Phillip Phillips did was pure brilliance by taking a so wonderful song by him. I'm very glad that america chose something very different of what we can often hear on the radio. And if you just dicovered Damien Rice, you might also like Ray Lamontagne.. Go check their cover of ''To Love Somebody'', it's just soooooo great :).


Thanks to The Voice for introducing me to this wonderful artist. Man can this guy sing from the heart! I went online to buy Taylor John's version of The Blower's Daughter but after 10 seconds of listening to the original I bought the album. Damien a Rice is special.


Born: December 07, 1973 in County Kildare, Ireland

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Irish singer/songwriter Damien Rice launched his music career in the late '90s with the hard-hitting indie rock outfit Juniper. The group signed to Polygram in 1997 and released two singles, "The World Is Dead" and "Weathermen," which did moderately well on Irish radio, but when it came time to record a full-length album, contractual rules from the label prevented Juniper from doing so, and Rice split. After a brief respite in Europe, Rice returned to Dublin to focus on music once again, scrounging...
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