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. 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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