Only someone so hard-hearted and cold could not be moved by the haunting melodies and heatbreaking lyrics on 'O', an album which to me, represents the bare bones of romance and loss. Damien Rice has a wonderful, piercing voice which delivers true, passionate, realistic, raw emotion. He sells his own songs so naturally, so beautifully, that it is almost impossible to not get immersed into this CD's clear, palpable feelings. It's romantic and sad without being corny. It's melodic and instrumental without being over-produced. It's emotional without being cliche. 'O' has it all. It is one of the best albums ever recorded.