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1 Feb 2002
4.5 out of 5 stars 265 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Feb. 2002
  • Release Date: 24 Mar. 2003
  • Label: 14th Floor Records
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  • Total Length: 50:32
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  • ASIN: B001F54WGC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 265 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,905 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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I go back a long way (Pet Sounds, Rubber Soul, Blood on the Tracks long) and I rate this album up there with the very best. Damien Rice is hard to classify as a singer. He reminds me of David Gray, Portishead, Eels, Coldplay, Jeff Buckley, early Springsteen and Nick Drake, at different times, but his sound cannot be so easily defined. Every track is incredibly beautful, haunting, lyrical and challenging and as a result the album does take a bit of getting into, but it's more than worth the effort. What at first appears to be a surrealistic kaleidoscope of musical and lyrical imagery soon becomes an incredibly coherent and moving masterpiece. It may not be everybody's idea of a fun evening. My wife thinks it is depressing and miserable and detests it, but she also dislikes Bob Dylan and just about everyone mentioned earlier in my review. (I didn't marry her for her taste in music) You may love it, you could hate it, but you are unlikely to be indifferent about this exceptional album. Don't go through your life wondering whether you might have liked Damien Rice - risk it like I did. You may find you've turned up a real gem.
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A friend of mine brought this album over 4 days ago, and I musthave listened to it 50 times following. Further to this I have also booked tickets to go and see him live; this guy is phenomenal.
The beauty of his music is often in its simplicity, not unlike Leonard Cohen, but also the feeeling of the Lyrics. Eachsong conveys a very clear message to the listener. However, the acoustic feel of guitar and then rising strings make you feel you're almost in the music. The music always compliments the heartfelt subject of the lyrics, for example the frustration of 'delicate' with strong rising string cords, but also a chilled slow guitar lick during the more thoughful verses.
Damien is clearly a loely Irish boy, but this does not translate to the very heavy lyrics of someone like Sinead o'Connor. A cello frequently compliments his music, and is almost like another vocalist in 'volcano.' The songs often are like dialogue between two people, saying the same thing to one another, but not really listening to each other.
My favourite tracks are 'The Blower's Daughter' which then flows into 'Cannonball.' Everything on these tracks sums up the best parts of the album. The great emotional feeling is there - "I can't takes my eyes off you / I can't take my mind off you / Till I find somebody new."
This then moves into a slightly more upbeat guitar lick of 'Cannonball.' Here he laments a past girlfriend he no longer has with him, and is confused by the subsequent relationship. This moves into a triumphant chorus in which he describes what he has learnt - "Stones taught me to fly / Love it taught me to lie / Life taught me to die." The contradictions of wht each experience are obvious - "so come on courage teach me to be shy.
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"What the hell have you got on," a friend inquired as I was talking on the phone today."It's enough to make you slaskh your wrists," he added.

Well that's his opinion .I prefer to call it tugging hard on the heart strings ,and why not .I found it powerful to the extreme and as far as as track three goes yes it is by far the most expressive thing on there (Blowers Daughter).

Leaving that aside, it is melancholic, self indulgent ,morose .But hey, dont we love being bathed in our thoughts, however sad, once in a while?

The orchestral backing also adds to the drama and I personally felt myself drift back into bitter -sweet youth throughout.All you thinkers out there, get it now
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I, with a Group of friends went to the v festival. We walked across to the nme stage as rice was performing. Having never heard of the guy, we wanted to leave to the main stage. As we started of, I heard one of the most beautiful songs of my life, Cannonball. To hear such a wonderful song sung with such an amazing voice was truly special. I then bought the album the day I got home. After listening to it for about a thousand times, I can truly say it is the best album that I have bought by far. Songs such as the blowers daughter and cold water very nearly forced me to tears. A unique talent, Damien Rice is a wonderful change from the poor stuff (David Gray excepted)that is around today. I urge anyone who has an interest in music to buy this album. It makes your life better by its mere existence
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...and not having to discover that you have been mistaken. That's the best that can happen I think. And so it went with this album. It went straight to my favourite top 10 (or even top 5) and I'm sure it will stay there.

This is music with a soul and true emotion. Something else than faked cry-ballads sung by screaming girls who are in an ongoing contest with other sreaming girls about who can reach the highest note and can scream at the top of their lungs best. Because then it is more heartfelt of course. Not.

Well if you want to caress your ears and feed your soul, listen to Damien Rice and Lisa Hannnigan.

And if you are looking for more of this kind maybe this is something for you:

- Glen Phillips "Abulum", "Mr. Lemons". He's my all-time-favourite ever since the days of Toad The Wet Sprocket and he keeps getting better. Haunting melodies, significant lyrics, amazing voice.

- David Mead "Indiana". He was highly recommended by Glen Phillips on his weblog and I thank him for that. A quiet, acoustic, laid-back album to come down and dream away. I especially like the combination between the cello and David's wonderful voice.
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