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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Like Welsh singer-songwriter David Gray, Ireland's Damien Rice has a knack for weaving folk rock that's craftily compelling -- the kind of songs that slither into the subconscious rather than hit the listener over the head with immediate contagion. On this graceful debut, Rice exhibits both a soaring voice, with traces of Jeff Buckley in its aching delivery, and a winsome romanticism that reaches its peak on the simmering "Volcano" and the wistful "I Remember." The disc is, by and large, stripped down, with Rice accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, but there are shadings that elevate the songs beyond mere strum-along fare. Singer Lisa Hannigan, who joins Rice on ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Like Welsh singer-songwriter David Gray, Ireland's Damien Rice has a knack for weaving folk rock that's craftily compelling -- the kind of songs that slither into the subconscious rather than hit the listener over the head with immediate contagion. On this graceful debut, Rice exhibits both a soaring voice, with traces of Jeff Buckley in its aching delivery, and a winsome romanticism that reaches its peak on the simmering "Volcano" and the wistful "I Remember." The disc is, by and large, stripped down, with Rice accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, but there are shadings that elevate the songs beyond mere strum-along fare. Singer Lisa Hannigan, who joins Rice on roughly half the tracks, is first and foremost among them, her languid, Chan Marshall–styled vocals providing a nice counterpoint to Rice's often theatrical take on things. On the ruminative "Coldwater," Rice tucks his performance between the folds of an eerie neo-Gregorian chant, which has much the same effect. O has its share of overly precious moments -- chiefly the epic closer, "Eskimo" -- but beneath the art, it's clear that Rice's heart beats with the purity of a man on a mission.
All Music Guide - Charles Spano
Magnificently packaged in a CD-sized hardcover book filled with personal artwork, lyrics, and photos, Damien Rice's debut full-length, O, is nothing less than a work of genius, a perfect cross between Ryan Adams and David Gray and a true contender for one of the best albums of 2003. This Irish singer/songwriter works with impassioned folk songs that move from stripped-down to grandly orchestrated in a heartbeat. The production is reminiscent of Songs of Leonard Cohen -- simple guitars, vocals, and then those swelling strings, all of which sound like they were recorded right in the same room. Rice is master of what critic
anter Richard Meltzer called "the unknown tongue" -- basically the musical equivalent of the "punctum" in photos, it's that thing that grabs a hold of you, the detail that makes it happen. For example, on "Delicate" the strings lift the spare folk song to the heavens at just the moment that makes the song soar -- Meltzer might call it the "folk tongue" or maybe even the "epic tongue." The magnificent, melancholy, optimistic, longing, almost magical "The Blower's Daughter" comes in immediately as the previous song, "Volcano," ends -- same thing with the song that follows -- which gives the album a broad, operatic quality. The gentle "Cannonball," the bright strumming and surreal feedback on "Amie," the distant piano and oceanic harmonies not to mention drowning, backwards vocals on the duet, "Cold Water" -- the entire record makes the empty highway less lonely, the sunshine a little warmer, and life a little more poetic. Then there's the actual opera singer doing backup vocal duties on "Eskimo" -- a song of redemption that is Syd Barrett, is Skip Spence, is Grandaddy and is Mercury Rev and everything that implies. What a metaphor for Rice's entire hopelessly beautiful record -- one long angelic hymn for an insane world with the intimacy of a friend playing guitar in your living room and the grandeur of Sigur Rós.
Rolling Stone - Anthony DeCurtis
For all their quietness, [the songs] leave a dark, lasting impression.
Entertainment Weekly - Catherine Wise
[An] evocative debut. (A)
Blender - Everett True
[Rice's] forlorn, string-saturated songs have a real emotional poignancy, which can turn self-pitying, and aren't afraid to touch on the Big Topics in a Big Way.

For all their quietness, [the songs] leave a dark, lasting impression.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Vector Records
  • UPC: 093624850724
  • Catalog Number: 48507
  • Sales rank: 2,808

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Delicate (5:12)
  2. 2 Volcano (4:38)
  3. 3 The Blower's Daughter (4:44)
  4. 4 Cannonball (5:10)
  5. 5 Older Chests (4:46)
  6. 6 Amie (4:36)
  7. 7 Cheers Darlin' (5:50)
  8. 8 Cold Water (4:59)
  9. 9 I Remember (5:31)
  10. 10 Eskimo (15:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Damien Rice Primary Artist, Bass, Clarinet, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Vocals
Nicholas Dodd Conductor
Mark Kelly Electric Guitar
Tomo Percussion, Drums
Shane Fitzsimons Bass
Caz Djembe
Colm Mac Con Iomaire Violin
Vyvienne Long Cello
Jean Meunier Piano, Improvisation
Technical Credits
Nicholas Dodd Orchestration
David Arnold Producer, String Arrangements
Steve Orchard Engineer
Lisa Paintings, Drawing
Damien Rice Composer, Producer, Engineer, Paintings, Drawing
Kristiina Aittokallio translation
Melissa Ni Chionnaith Cover Design
Robyn Robins Mastering
Karl Toomey Artwork
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great for Rainy Sundays

    While this disc is clearly not to everyone's taste it's a really great listen on a lazy rainy Sunday! I love this music and yes even the touches of melancholy in Damien's voice is appealing. Strikingly different and a pleasant surprise!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I read all the reviews and thought that this would be a great CD. Well, I made a big mistake. There are only three good songs on here. The rest of the songs are really bad. Damien's voice on Amie was very pitchy, and I'm being nice here. Also, don't expect the radio friendly version of Cannonball. You just get Damien and his guitar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    jana-loves musical poetry and poetic music

    I discovered this by accident "serendipity" and have played it constantly. The music rolls over you like waves and sweeps you up in the movement. The lyrics challenge, calm, restore, analyse and overcome with their sincerity and deep emotion. One of the best albums I own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Apperantly Kara doesnt know what music is about. Damien is an incredible song writer. He creates emotional responses in his music with such ease. Go back to Britnay Kara, she needs your support.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I liked "Volcano." I thought "The Blower's Daughter" was all right. Two of the worst songs that I've ever heard in my entire life are "Delicate" and "Cheers Darlin'." The other songs were really boring. I don't see him as some great poet either. He also doesn't have a very good voice. Please play the samples before you buy this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loved it

    There is great singing, lyrics and arrangements. And no cursing. This is a great CD to buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't Turn My Stereo Off

    I first found Damien Rice on VH1 early one morning while watching the Jumpstart Video show. I was so impressed by him I went out that day and bought "O" and have never made a better cd purchase EVER! Damien Rice's sound is organic, honest, and heartwrenching. I'll buy any album he ever records!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply amazing!

    Damien Rice has such an original sound. His blend of music is stunning, the cello for the bass is perfect. Each one of his songs pulls a different one of your heart strings. The Eskimo song is sweet, the Blower's Daughter is sad (listen to the last few seconds closely)and it's also a great new version of

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredibly beautiful!

    Before the movie Closer, I had never heard of Damien Rice. Since the movie I couldnt get "The Blower's Daughter" out of my head. It is such an incredible song. It literally brought tears to my eyes. I am totally hooked on Damien Rice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "I Can't Take My Eyes Of You" from CLOSER

    If anyone else performed an extensive search for the beautifully haunting song from CLOSER (Refrain: "I Can't Take My Eyes Off You"), then search no more! The song is entitled "The Blower's Daughter". If you fell in love with the song....then GO BUY THE CD! I think that you will not be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Beautiful

    How can I review Damien Rice? His music is breathtakingly beautiful and gives you actual heartache when he sings. I bought this CD over 6 months ago, and I still listen to it everyday. Sometimes I climb up on my roof and just meditate along to 'Amie' and jog humming 'Eskimo'. Sad, I know. Damien Rice is truly a great musician and should not be missed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my favorite

    i love this cd. i can listen to it over and over again and it never gets old. its worth every penny..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A brilliant album

    I love, love, love this album. He is nothing short of brilliant. Oh my goodness, I listen to the cd every day. I heard Volcanos like two years ago and loved that song, then this year I heard The Blowers Daughter and bought the cd because of that song. Only to find out that he sang a few other songs that I loved but couldn't find out who sang them. It was a very pleasent surprise. I can't wait to hear more from him. His music is simply beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply AMAZING!

    I haven't heard an album that has caught my attention like this one has. Title soundtrack to the movie Closer (also a fantastic movie.) Simply put it haunts my soul and makes up for a true lack those "commercialized independent artists" seem to try to fill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Cd is truly beautiful

    I consider this to be one of the best Cds I have ever bought.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album

    I have played this album a million timesand love it more every time. Sexy and amazing!!! these are the songs radio should play.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really Good Stuff

    I recieved this cd this past summer for a writing camp I was to attend. I remember the first time listening to it and thinking that it really must be an aquired taste. We were given an assingment to analyze the lyrics like poetry, which they really are. It got me on the path to realizing the true meaning of every wonderful, graceful, beautiful song that is this cd. If you read this, I urge you buy this cd it's worth the money. Never have I come across such quiet music with such a powerful loudness. It will take you were you haven't been and back and make you sit back and say, "What a ride."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow

    A friend told me to listen to this, and she sure was right. It's lovely. My favorite is "Cheers Darlin'"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Have

    I am in love with this album. You will not be disappointed. Finally, someone has done my name proud.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spellbinding...seriously, it is!

    The combination of the eerie lyrics of Rice and his female accompaniment with the hauntingly beautiful strings truly moves the soul. Also by incorperating the Gregorian chant and opera section the listener becomes completely entranced by the fullness of sound and georgeous complexity of the pieces.

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