Damien Rice - O
An album of this calibre will never age, it will be timeless. so let's get into it shall we?
The album kicks off with the track "Delicate" the song starts slowly with the strings and his awesome voice and some great acoustic guitar a perfect start to an album. It really picks up with the next song "Volcano" it cuts straight into a string arrangement and some amazing vocals from one Lisa Hannigan and when she sings the second stanza her voice is like liquid silk, so smooth and smouldering, pure aural heaven this song.
The next track is “The Blower’s Daughter”, it starts with Rice's voice and this song builds, both in musical and vocal intensity that when he sings the lyrics “Can’t take my eyes off of you”. your hooked immediately and when Lisa Hannigan sings with her oh so hauntingly beautiful voice makes this a tremendous song and an ageless classic, this will be around when I am old and grey. True musical genius!
We then move onto "Cannonball" with it's gorgeous guitar start and hauntingly beautiful music and lyrics it is another absolute gem of a song, so simple, so refined and so genuine. "Older Chests" is the next track and is one of my favourites I love the acoustic guitar intro I love the lyrics and I love the music. The next track is "Amie" from it's building string arrangement, it's stirring lyrics and music that sounds so heavenly, it is a killer track on the album. I especially love the strings towards the end of the song, very cinematic.
The next track is "Cheers Darlin" with it's so cool 1920's Jazz bar feel, with the clinking glasses as percussion, this song is so smooth and so cool and I love Rice's voice on this song, it sounds so pained it feels so genuine. The next track is "Cold Water" a slow ballad that cranks when Lisa Hannigan voice kicks in and takes it to a whole new level, just kick-ass. "I Remember" is the next track and with Lisa Hannigan singing at the start you realise you are in for a treat, what a song and true duet with shades of a haunting Gaelic anthem, truly mesmerising. We then move onto the last track "Eskimo" which starts so slow and almost operatic when the Inuit kicks in the whole song becomes a completely different song, kudos for being so adventurous and daring, truly inspiring!
As far as debut albums go, this is the bomb, so genuine, so cool and still after all this time it sounds good, I urge you to go out and get this album and for this week only I am giving it 5 egg-nogs out of 5, that's how seriously cool this album is. Get out and get it with your Christmas money!
Merry Christmas and until next week
Peace out my Bitches!