9 - Damien Rice
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  • Summary: The Irish singer-songwriter returns with a second album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Overall, Rice has produced a release which equals and perhaps even surpasses his debut, a album that takes you through emotional highs and lows you are unlikely to hear anywhere else this winter.
  2. 80
    Rice seeks 24/7 momentousness here. [Jan 2007, p.92]
  3. 80
    A delicate and sometimes bleak record. [Dec 2006, p.123]
  4. There are still enough swelling, string-laden climaxes, crisscrossing vocal lines, and cascading symphonies of voices to keep fans of O happy, but the album is significantly less unified.
  5. It's good enough to impress fans of David Gray and Coldplay.
  6. Not quite as endearing as his raw and seductive 2002 debut.
  7. Whenever Rice risks truly touching us emotionally-- say, when he's asking a former lover, "Do you brush your teeth before you kiss?" on "Accidental Babies"-- he undercuts himself with go-nowhere melodies and formulaic arrangements.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. JohnR
    Dec 30, 2006
  2. davidm
    Mar 5, 2008
    A quiet distrubing and challenging record. The album is sometimes too extreme for the general listener, but it's a gold mine of emotion when you're ready for it. Expand
  3. CarlyH.
    Jan 11, 2009
    Pitchfork, i read your review, it was RETARDED. You have no REAL reasons behind hating this album. I hate you, pitchfork.
  4. StephenC
    Nov 14, 2006
    "Anticipation has a habit to set you up. For dissapointment..." but i wasn't dissapointed by Rice's second album. Just like his debut he soars with passion and integrity (unlike a lot of solos today). He hasn't surpassed songs like 'Ami' but the album is still a pleasure to the eardrum. Expand
  5. Sep 2, 2014
    Not as impressive as his debut but still a generally strong record. The haunting "9 Crimes" is a fantastic opener but after that the highlights are sandwiched between some material that coasts along. I've always thought there was plenty of very strong Damien Rice material knocking about that should have been included on the album ahead of what ended up on 9. Lisa Hannigan, whose vocals lifted "O" to another level is absent for most of the record and this takes away from "9". Despite these flaws there are some great moments here, such is the strength of Rice's songwriting, the only pity is that we know it could have been so much more. Collapse
  6. danielles.
    Nov 14, 2006
    Not as good as 'O' but there are still many great tracks in this album ....still possesses the raw and haunting aura that we love ...my favorite track is 'Dogs' Expand
  7. MattD.
    Nov 13, 2006
    Will likely turn off some of his old fans, and not get him any new ones. Here, he not only has ho-hum playing, but a few songs have a bad tortured man routine. Expand

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