B-Sides EP, Explicit Lyrics
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Damien Rice has quite simply taken the music world by storm. From ecstatic reviews to winning the third annual Shortlist Music Prize honoring the most adventurous & creative albums by emerging artists, Damien offers his new legion of admirers & friends in the States an EP of B-sides previously released outside the U.S. These seven stunning tracks will undoubtedly whet the appetite while fans await his forthcoming record.
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1.The Professor: I love the intimate nature of all of his songs but so true of this one. I think what I respect about Damien Rice so much is his authenticity. He tells his life experiences in such a raw relateable way that leaves you nothing but transfixed. I found that to be so with this song. The guitar work is just beautiful & makes you feel like you are in some bar listening & watching him play this song. P.S. If any of you haven't seen him live ...get tickets he is fabulous! This is definetly a song about the loss of a love & the complexities of relationships and especially those that are regarded as forbidden by most people. This song is one that is rarely written with this intensity, candor or sung with such simplicity vocally but yet compelling. Love him singing in French at the end....sounded beautiful...didn't understand a word (except that it was relateable given he had already sung this part in English)! Ha! Ha!
2.Lonelily: I just love the opening guitar work in this song...so sweet, simple but profound. Another poignant love story written into lyrics & sung by one of the best acoustical singer songwriters of a generation. I love how it seems like a song of how much he is looking forward to seeing someone he loves, only to be betrayed. It is a story of loss, love, redemption, forgiveness, betrayal and still an unrelenting desire to see that person! Nothing like telling it like it truly often IS!
3.Women Like A Man (Unplugged): How much is the guitar work on this nothing more than a masterpiece.Read more ›
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Now comes, not the first, but possibly the best EP released in the wake of "O." Most selections included are either unreleased demos ("Lonelily"), sketches of songs you'll know ("Volcano"), great live stuff ("The Professor & La Fille Danse" or "Delicate"), and, probably, represent the best of this EP.
Among the several EPs Damien Rice has released over the last twelve months, I consider "b-sides" to be his most satisfying one, and representative of Rice's deep talent and promising career.
What I loved the most about this album was the raw taste that Rice presented. There are a few more moments of profanity, less of a "album" feel, and so much more emotion that you can literally cut it with a knife. There is this sensation of going on an adventure without any money in your wallet when listening to this album. Rice unplugs himself for some of the songs like "Woman Like a Man" and "Volcano (DEMO)". For me, this gave me a deeper insight into the music of this great artist. I adored the instrumental version of "Volcano" because it showed me another side of his musical talent. If you listen to the "Volcano" version on "O" then listen to this instrumental version, I think you will feel two different things. The instrumental version seemed haunting and extremely sad, while the other was a bit more uplifting. This is what I love about his music, you can find yourself in two places while listening to the same song.
My personal favorites from this album were "Volcano (DEMO)" and "The Professor". I recommend this album to anyone wishing to explore more of what Rice has to offer. If this is your first taste of Rice, you may be a bit disappointed, but for those growing number of fans out there ... this is a perfect album to add to your collection!
Grade: ***** out of *****
Damien starts us off with 'The Professor & La Fille Danse' which is the most effective track here. It's musical arrangment perfectly fits the lyrical message about the using of women for pleasure. The song describes, in a somewhat explicit and disturbing nature, the fact that this man knows nothing about this woman. The line "and the d*ck left inside only half understood her" perfectly (while vulgarly) explains the predicament that this poor woman is being used for a purpose.
The next track is 'Lonelil y', which appeared on the single for Cannonball (another brilliant track) and this song, while not as strong as the previous, has a possitive message about love and being with the ones you love. None of us want to be lonely. I like the lyrical message in this song, almost as if they took their relationship for granted and then realized they'd rather be together. The chorus chanting "your coming home" and you believe that.
'Woman like a Man' is one of my favorite tracks by Damien. This song is ellegantly done with beautiful harmonizing. The song itself is a little difficult to follow, I'm still trying to figure out what he's getting at, but I think I got it. It appears as if he's pointing out the role-factors of the sexes today, how men and or women want the bennifits received by the other sex and that sex alone. That's just my take though...
I LOVE 'Moody Mooday' if not for the brilliant lyrics then for the way Damien tackles this song. There's a track on 'O' that makes me feel this same way, and that track is 'Cold Water'. On that song, Damien sings as if he were drowning. You believe him. Here it's the same. He sings "I find it hard to breath" and he sings this with such strain in his voice you know he's struggling to deliver each word. The lyrics are deep in their simplicity, and wording it the way he has, with "why d'you have to break free" almost as if she was his captive and then "why d'you have to phone" letting you know she left him in an impersonal mannor but then his comment "someone else you'd rather phone" leads you to believe it was never personal. I personally think she's a hooker...but that's just my take on the song.
The live cut of 'Delicate' is a little to soft. I just think it was poorly recorded. I know it's live but it's no where near as polished as the live cut of 'The Professor...' It's still a wonderful song, it just loses a bit in the translation.
The album closes out with an instrumental and demo version of 'Volcano' which suceeds on both efforts. The instrumental is beautiful but to me it's the demo that stands out as one of my favorite additions to this album. It's raw and downplayed, slow and passionate and it really adds to the umph you get from the powerful lyrics of an immature and maybe even quilty relationship. I just love the whole feel of it.
So there you have it. Yet another brilliant offering from Damien, and something that should hold us over until his next album...let's just pray it comes soon!
Bottom line: this CD is worth it for the first three songs alone. They're a full-strength dose of artistic honesty, integrity, and experimentation.
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