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B-Sides

Damien Rice

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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.

Customer Reviews

B-sides reveals another side to O.

The B-sides album reveals another side of this artist. If you relished the romantic sentiment of "O," you may be nonplussed by the angry despair laced into the lyrics of each new song. He aims to reminisce about bitter relationships and doesn't elicit any forced anger in the process. Instead, this album pulls you with as much emotional force as "O" achieves. Regardless, if you enjoyed the songs "Cheers Darlin'," "I Remember," or "Prague," you'll certainly enjoy the B-sides. Purchase songs 1-4 if you want to experience more of Damien's lyrical wrath. Purchase 5-7 if you adore his talent. In my opinion, you should purchase all of them. :)

A Different View of Damien

This album is suprising, especially following the mellow tones of O. Still, Damien doesn't disapoint. The sounds are more vulgar and honest, but the emotion remains the same. My personal favorite off of this album and possibly out of all of Damien Rice's songs is Lonelily, but all are very good, including The Professor. I would definately recommend purchasing this!

Beautiful.Creative.Damien

If you like Damien Rice, you will love this album. While "O" definitely gives you a very personal look at Damien Rice, this does so much more, with live versions, which he performs beautifully. Lonelily is a beautiful song. If you enjoyed "O" I don't see how you could go wrong with this album. After this, I'm looking around for another album!

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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