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. Sep 2, 2014
    8
    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. Expand

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