Damien Rice is relatively unknown in the United States. This should change
now that he has released a new recording of ten hypnotic songs, under the simple
His quietly sensual style draws the listener in with
provocative, highly perceptive lyrics that compel us to listen -- really listen.
From the powerful song "Volcano," to the more introspective "Delicate" Rice
weaves stories of the joys and fears surrounding relationships. He also
trades in themes of the emotional dangers of sexuality.
Rice can be tender
and immensely passionate, but in "Cheers" he is also quite cynical.
Whatever he explores, this collection of uniquely contemplative music forces us
to reflect on our own passions and upheavals.
Rice's vocal style reveals a man who has soaked up
experience, mixed it with sharply-edged poetry and propelled it into very potent
At times, Rice's voice opens widely with waves of passion, while at
other times it pulls inwardly, asking us to fully reflect on his subtle
observations. This music commands the audience pay attention to the
details of the words' meanings, as well as the unusual changes that keep
appearing in the tune itself. The listeners of this fine recording will be
greatly rewarded. Visit Rice's world, you will want to listen to each song
again and again. O is not to be missed! (7/03)