It’s not enough to listen to this album, you really need to hear this. Damien Rice eases you into the world of this album with 9 crimes and The Animals Were Gone, but you couldn’t say that the ambience of the former is the most soothing one, with the feel of despair in the lyrics and sadness in the melody flowing in by the delicate piano, almost weeping.
Don’t be fooled though. It is a powerful album. In some songs it is the lyrics that hits you, in some it is the melody that woos you. In many a case it’s both, with Elephant and Rootless Tree being two fine examples.
And she may rise, if I sing you down
And she may wisely cling to the ground
Cause I am lately, horny
So why would she take me horny?
But it’s the brilliance of Lisa Hannigan that truly takes the album in a totally different level. In some songs you feel a need to turn the music up, just to because of her soft, beautiful vocals in the background. The collaboration, you could even say the relationship, that these two musicians bring into the songs is something remarkable.
This is Damien’s latest album.
And it came out in 2006.
I have been waiting for almost seven years for the next chapter, and I am most certainly not the only one. To get more into the songs, which I hope you do, you should really check out some of his background before O, the story behind the music.
Because it is stories we want to hear, and these stories, these songs, should be shared. It is Damien who knows how to tell them.
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