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Album Review

After wooing critics in 2003 with his stunning debut album, O, Damien Rice built upon his growing success with this quaint B-sides collection. This EP features seven previously unreleased songs that are soul-stirringly classic of the Irish singer/songwriter. On record, Rice is a convincing poet with a wild imagination of love and wonder, but in a live setting, he is much more provocative and passionate. On-stage is where he truly shines. Songs such as the thorny relationship account of "The Professor & la Fille Danse" and the acoustic guitar waltz of "Delicate" are evident of Rice's rich talent as a singer, but also as a storyteller. B-Sides is exactly streamlined in production, so much so that a listener can be left in their own world when listening to Rice's music. Demo versions of "Lonelily" and "Volcano" add to that particular dynamic; however, the layered and dark falsetto-driven "Moody Mooday" is what makes B-Sides a must have. Die-hard fans and completists will most likely have this track in their collection, for it's originally featured on the "Cannonball, Pt. 1" single. But with that aside, Rice's and Lisa Hannigan's vocals weave around each other like magic, and electric guitars and Vyvienne Long's brooding cello arrangements find their place in this amazing chant-like number. If you enjoyed Rice's unflinching honesty on O, B-Sides will take you there once again.

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Why Not!!

People who have listened to "O" must listen this, just for the volcano demo, it gives you a real sense of where the song has come from and gives a real "recorded at home feel" its natural and gritty. Most people will probably listen, and pass it off as a load of C**P but true conissuers of Damien Rice will appreciate the insight into his genius. Also the opening track THE PROFESSOR is awesome, it makes the album and is easily up there with blowers daughter and delicate this b side album deserves credit in its own right. Give it a listen WHY Not!

brilliance

i am a person for lyrics and honestly i think damien rice is the best lyrical artiest of the 21st century, painfully honest, they are his thoughts with nothing added to bleach them. i'd by it just for the lyrics but the tunes though suttle to add to the overall brilliance as well as the always brilliant singers in the background.

Don't know

Damien Rice is a very unique artist. No doubt he is talented and gifted. Some people will love this, others will turn it down with disgust. For me it's a bit too slow, has no beat and lacks that real oomph. I just can't settle for that little tinny guitar. I want some thrashing drums and proper songs!

Biography

Born: 07 December 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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