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5.0 out of 5 stars
Special fried Rice, 17 May 2003
Damien Rice's music comes at a time where freshness and fluidity have been often copied but never equalled. The Woman Like a Man EP provides a vivid snapshot of Rice's musical diversity, while never feeling like it's covering too much musical ground in too short a time. This man knows how to write and arrange a song. It's about time someone showed how us how it was done again.
The filthy rawness of 'Woman like a Man' gets under your skin and is toe-curlingly out there. Strong basslines, vivid harmony, full use of instruments: Enough said. Additional vocals by Lisa Hannigan lend to the metalayers and scaling ggrr-ness of this turn-it-up-loud track.
Perfect paradox is provided by 'Delicate' which is melancholic but never navel-gazing, with delicate (excuse the pun) guitar rhythms and quiet strength. Damien climbs into your brain and says what you always wished you could say but could never find the words. Hauntingly real.
Throw in 'The Professor' with classic Damien lyrics of the wry-smile making variety, with french verse and clever turn of phrase and you have a thorough introduction to the musical stylings of this rising star. A must have for the discerning lover of lyrical depth, good old fashioned boy-girl harmony, and ever refreshing arrangement.. and cellos.