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  • Audio CD (Sept. 11 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B00009V7P8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 188 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Delicate
2. Volcano
3. The Blower's Daughter
4. Cannonball
5. Older Chests
6. Amie
7. Cheers Darlin'
8. Cold Water
9. I Remember
10. Eskimo

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The Words "Singer" and "Songwriter" Are Not Always Mutually Exclusive, but in this Case, They Truly Mean Something Very Special. Damien Rice is Irish and a Contemporary of Another Acclaimed Singer Songwriter David Kitt. Rice Showcases his Very Special Talents for Creating Stories and Songs of Depth and Emotion with a Meticulousness that is Envied by Many He Has Passed on his Way to Fame. Just a Couple of Listens to this Album Will have You Admiring Him, in Awe of his Immense Talent. (Must Run in the Family...his Cousin is Renowned Composer David Arnold.)


Irish troubadour Damien Rice doesn't so much reinvent the folk genre on this lush, impossibly mature debut album as push its boundaries in several compelling musical directions at once--all the more remarkable considering the album was largely self-produced and home-recorded. His songs revolve around familiar, bittersweet concerns of life, love and their attendant frustrations, but delivered with conspiratorial intimacy on melodic wings that (like on the graceful "Cannonball") Rice seems almost embarrassed to share. If there's anything like a template here, it's "The Blower's Daughter," the song that first attracted the interest/stewardship of film composer David Arnold (whose guest production provides "Amie" with expansive cinematic elegance) and became a massive Irish hit. His plaintive vocal, embroidered by the mournful solo cello of Vyvienne Long, is suddenly brightened by an instrumental flourish and Lisa Hannigan's vocals--before just as quickly wafting on the breeze. With touches that range from "Day in the Life"-styled string collages to the dizzy, exhilarating neo-operatic excesses of the 16-minute "Eskimo," Rice's musical palate here is as adventurous as his songs are grounded in emotional intimacy. --Jerry McCulley

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Format: Audio CD
This is my first review of anything on Amazon, though I am a constant reader. I simply had to talk about this album.
The best way to describe this album is fearless. He takes the road less traveled by other up-and-coming singer-songwriters. While the new batch has had some very good singers, nothing compares to this album. They seem more interested in making a "clean" album, while this album seems like he is alone in a room baring his soul.
Though the strange thing is about the album s that you know he could not have been alone in a room. There is so much going on, so many chances taken that it is hard to descibe. Simply saying that it is an acoustic album is wrong. The album brings in much more.
Fearless in his atempts to expand beyond just him and his guitar. Consider how at the end of Amie, out of nowhere comes what sounds like an entire orchestra. It sounds beautiful and it becomes almost impossible to imagine the song without it. Then the gorgarian (sp?) chants that enter into Cold Water. By the end of the album it seems only appropriate to have an opera singer at the end of Eskimo.
But the wonderful things about the album is that it doesn't rely on these tricks. They are simply used to enchance the songs. Cannonball is simply him and his guitar, and it is one of the best songs on the album (a song friends of mine have confessed crying to when they heard it).
Another huge difference between him and others is the feeling involved. I have yet to hear another singer coming out now who you can feel their pain so clearly and identify with it(Howie Day is close). The only line in the chorus of The Blower's Daughter is "I can't take my eyes off you...
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It's just amazing how many fans of his got introduce to his music from mouth to mouth instead of outside exposures in the beginning. Like most of them I heard it through a friend of mine. And it took me only two of his musics(volcano,cheers to you darling) to get me hooked.
Some of reviewers noted his or her dislike to this cd b/c of most of songs sounding too melancholic. But this is the reason this album is so famous, the album explores and expresses this certain human emotions in such a poetic ways. Also lisa hannigan helping Damien Rice on the vocal helps bring such expressions as well as Vyvienne Long on cello.
I recommend this album to whoever wants to explore alternative music scene and keep in mind this is NOT a cheery album. It's kind of music helps you to be sad when you want to be. And for people who didn't enjoy melancholy side of this album, try his other songs suck as "I'm so childish" or "Grooving", which is somewhat lighter compared to this album. For people who've enjoyed this album be sure to check out his live shows, which are just hypnotic.
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It's okay! Everyone loves to wallow. And now, your wait is over.
I have been somewhat disillusioned with new music for quite some time now. It seems that every time I buy a CD, it has been recorded by someone who has been established for ten years or so. Even then, my old faithfuls (you know who you are, Jewel) fail me. You can imagine the elation I felt when I heard Damien Rice's CD for the first time. After seeing him perform on the Late Show with David Letterman, I knew that I had to make this purchase.
Rice has a downright gorgeous voice--clear and sweet, somewhat reminiscent of Rufus Wainwright. The instrumentation of the CD blends perfectly with his vocals, his voice soaring and falling gently over the acoustic guitar, strings, and gentle drums. Some of the songs are accompanied by the harmonies Lisa Hannigan, a very talented vocalist in her own right, who brings to mind Dolores O'Riordan with more sweetness in her voice. The theme of sadness runs rampant on the CD, with lyrics such as "What I am to you/is not real" (from "Volcano," essentially a duet with Hannigan) and "Stones taught me to fly/Love taught me to lie/Life taught me to die" (from "Cannonball," which gains your attention by ending up being a quite uplifting song). His voice conveys this sadness and quiet angst (a much different variety than that of, say, Kurt Cobain) beautifully. Even the gorgeous composition "The Blower's Daughter" ends up being a bittersweet love song. Another standout is "Amie," with its breathtaking instrumental of strings which, at the end, when allowed to stand by themselves, sound like they could be from an opera or, at the least, a great movie score. This background is a perfect complement to the lovely melody.
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I picked this up on a whim, and whoa, was I ever blown away! If I could ever make a cd with my feelings perfectly illustrated in music this would be it. Aside from ruining my rock career, this cd dashes all of those in my collection! Rarely are lyrics so beautifully woven into an actual... meaning. There is more emotional truth and beauty in this album than any I have, or maybe even will hear. The pure longing and soft tear in Rice's voice is enough to make you reconsider what music is about. I'm a rock guy, but regardless of the style this music grabs, and shakes- like a good play it wrenches your emotional core, it did mine anyway. After I bought it I was floored, nailed to my seat in a Green Room, and I literally could not move I was so touched, almost changed by the music. It's not even the words, really as it is the intent: the truth in meaning, the moaning, the scratching that makes you say, DAMN! Love is hard, and if you've ever felt it you'll feel this. Pick this up, even if you don't like "soft music." If you're open minded enough to listen, this'll make you weap!- And I'm a tough guy! Thanks.
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