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Old 04-24-2012, 03:48 AM   #11 (permalink)
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This guys music changed my life. Love it. Always have, been listening to him since i was about 17.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:35 AM   #12 (permalink)
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An album I've been meaning to get round to listening to for some time, will need to do so soon.
Cannonball has become a radio classic.
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:37 PM   #13 (permalink)
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What a great album to review. Damien Rice definitely doesn't get the credit he deserves for this album. Acoustic singer song-writers are too easily brushed off as James Blunt pop wussies. "O" is an outstanding achievement that ranks up their with other classic albums of the noughties.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:42 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I liked this album, a lot. I was definitely not underwhelmed, but I didn't know Damien Rice before I listened to it, so I guess I had no expectations.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:15 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I liked this album, a lot. I was definitely not underwhelmed, but I didn't know Damien Rice before I listened to it, so I guess I had no expectations.
I have no idea who he is. I was just browsing through iTunes store and came across it. When I read this review it sounded right up my alley.

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Magnificently packaged in a CD-sized hardcover book filled with personal artwork, lyrics, and photos, Damien Rice's debut full-length, O, is nothing less than a work of genius, a perfect cross between Ryan Adams and David Gray and a true contender for one of the best albums of 2003. This Irish singer/songwriter works with impassioned folk songs that move from stripped-down to grandly orchestrated in a heartbeat. The production is reminiscent of Songs of Leonard Cohen — simple guitars, vocals, and then those swelling strings, all of which sound like they were recorded right in the same room. Rice is master of what critic/ranter Richard Meltzer called "the unknown tongue" — basically the musical equivalent of the "punctum" in photos, it's that thing that grabs a hold of you, the detail that makes it happen. For example, on "Delicate" the strings lift the spare folk song to the heavens at just the moment that makes the song soar — Meltzer might call it the "folk tongue" or maybe even the "epic tongue." The magnificent, melancholy, optimistic, longing, almost magical "The Blower's Daughter" comes in immediately as the previous song, "Volcano," ends — same thing with the song that follows — which gives the album a broad, operatic quality. The gentle "Cannonball," the bright strumming and surreal feedback on "Amie," the distant piano and oceanic harmonies (not to mention drowning, backwards vocals) on the duet, "Cold Water" — the entire record makes the empty highway less lonely, the sunshine a little warmer, and life a little more poetic. Then there's the actual opera singer doing backup vocal duties on "Eskimo" — a song of redemption that is Syd Barrett, is Skip Spence, is Grandaddy and is Mercury Rev and everything that implies. What a metaphor for Rice's entire hopelessly beautiful record — one long angelic hymn for an insane world with the intimacy of a friend playing guitar in your living room and the grandeur of Sigur Rós.
But I guess after a review like that I had pretty high expectations.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:26 PM   #16 (permalink)
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But I guess after a review like that I had pretty high expectations.
tl;dr but I got the general idea of it. Way too much. That's like reading a book for the quotes from newspapers on the back, though!
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:22 AM   #17 (permalink)
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That's like reading a book for the quotes from newspapers on the back, though!
One of the reasons I come on MB is to read reviews and see what other people have enjoyed and recommended. How is that any different? Unless you take a complete stab in the dark most media is recommended by somebody.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:09 AM   #18 (permalink)
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One of the reasons I come on MB is to read reviews and see what other people have enjoyed and recommended. How is that any different? Unless you take a complete stab in the dark most media is recommended by somebody.
That's true! But often the main or most popular reviews are going to be the ones that help the album get publicity.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:16 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I rarely read reviews or give any music press the time of day. You need to have a feel for a persons taste before allowing them to influence you. Anyway, i really like this record too. Stripped, minimal acoustics.
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:28 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I freakin love this album... it really is one of those albums where I sit and listen to it entirely. love that feeling.

However I am not especially fond of the radio version of canonball, fully produced with drums etc... feel it takes away from the album cut of just two acoustics
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