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O (Deluxe Version)

Damien Rice

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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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just about the greatest thing you could ask for

There is not one bad note on this record Damien Rice has created the soundtrack to my life... every emotion I have felt in the last 2 years is somewhere on this record, a beautiful thing that makes me cry everytime I hear it. Anytime it is on, I walk around in a trance, mesmorized by the beauty that one man can produce Stunning, 5 stars cannot do it justice because it reaches a far deeper part of your soul then you even thought existed

O

This album is one of the most amazing pieces of art & music, that I have ever heard. I enjoy all types of music, but this album will always be one of my favorites, if not my favorite album that I own. Every song on this album is amazing. Delicate starts it off perfectly, and sets the mood for the album. It really touches you, it is beautiful, especially as how his voice goes all the way. Volcano is more popy, if not mainstream in itself, and basically speaks for itself in its' lyrics. Heartbreak and all, it is great. The Blower's Daughter, what can you say about this? This song is what many first heard from him, and continues to be one of his most amazing, more prominent ballads. The core of emotion, it may just hurt to listen to it of how beautiful, and how...hopelessly romantic and depressing it is. It is beautiful. One of the best off the album. Cannonball touches you, and makes the listener look back on life, letting us dream, and giving us something to see, as it tells a story and paints a picture just like any of his songs. Beautiful work. Older Chests, one of my favorites off the album, tells a story, which is beautiful, with the cord arrangements, it being a story more than most of the other songs. It really is something, and although it doesn't go as far as some of the other songs concerning vocals, it is beautiful. Which song in this album isn't? Amie, my absolute favorite, is completely, and utterly, amazing. It's cords are soothing to the soul, the lyrics are amazing, and it is easy flowing, never wavering, starting small, and ending amazing. The violin is amazing, and the song touches the soul. Beautiful masterpiece. Cheers Darlin' sets a whole different mood, that is completely contrasted on the next track. Piano sets a different mood, depressing to the upmost significance, and makes the listener feel hopeless. You really feel his pain, his loss. It really stands out from the others, in it's complete contrast to the dreamy moods the other songs set. It slaps you into reality, and prepares you for an amazing experience found on the upcoming track. Cold Water, is by far one of my favorite songs off this album, and all his work. The duet, the backward vocals, makes you feel like you're in a completely different place and time. The light, acoustic notes really move you, as with the cello, and it just is beautiful. Absolutely amazing. This song can represent "O" in it's own. This song is amazing. Absolutely breathtaking. I Remember is another song similar to Cheers Darlin', in the sense that anger overpowers us in the end of it, and it starts off on a whole difference note, enlisted in the help of Lisa Hannigan. Shows you his different musical sides, and how good he can be. Eskimo, is a work of pure genius. Not only the first track, in this song, which is called Eskimo, and the other 2 secret tracks. Eskimo enlists in the vocals of an orchestra singer. An amazing addition to the whole album, it being amazing, and beautiful, and blows you away by the end of it. Prague continues 2 minutes later, leaving us with the sense of war, and it kills you at the end, with it being one of the upmost depressing songs, and ends on a crude, chilling note and verse. Silent Night ends the perfectly beautiful "O" off, Lisa's voice sounding so beautiful, and scary at the same time. Especially at what is sung. Once "O" finishes, you won't have wanted it to, as you find yourself back in the real world, and only to want to play it once more. Having listened to this and his new album "9", many say that "O" is just so much better. Both are very different, and in my opinion, he's grown as an artist. All his work is just that great. This album brings so much memories and beautiful notes to me, and I just will never forget it. I can safely say it has changed a part of my life, just by listening to it. Poetic and literate, amazing, and it's just like a dream. But you just won't want to wake up. Definitely one of the best and most amazing albums of all time, no matter what anyone says. "O" is an amazing experience, and Damien Rice has really outdone himself on his first album, an incredible piece of art and music that continues to be deemed a masterpiece that we can never grow tired of, as it just comes from a whole different world.

Masterpiece

Damien Rice has the extraordinary gift of being able to take raw emotion and feeling and turning it into a gorgeous and rewarding musical experience. His music is passionate and his style unique. The independent nature of this album (it was recorded with a mobile studio in his basement) leaves it free of corporate/producer intervention, making for a classic and beautiful sound.

Biography

Born: December 7, 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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