9 - Damien Rice
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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40

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  1. Nov 22, 2011
    8
    Not as impressive as his debut but still a very strong record in places. 9 Crimes is a fantastic opener but after that the highlights are sandwiched between some pretty dull stuff. The strange thing is there was lots of unreleased Rice material knocking around before 9 came out that never made it on here which I would consider far stronger. Lisa Hannigans absence for most of the record takes away from the album too. Despite all that there are some great moments as well. Expand
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64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Not quite as endearing as his raw and seductive 2002 debut.
  2. "9" picks up where the ubiquitous and two-million selling "O" left off. Hoarse howling to acoustic guitar strumming; folksy plucking to bleeding heart mutterings; Radiohead-a-like moments pull of portentous, look-at-me pauses and full band crescendos.
  3. Rice stands apart from the pack because of the genuine beauty and eccentricity of his tunes.