O - Damien Rice
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  • Summary: This full-length debut for the Irish singer/songwriter has moved beyond his home country (where it was a massive hit) to attract critical praise and strong sales worldwide. Mostly self-produced and recorded, the disc also comes in specially-designed packaging including text, artwork and photographs.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Rice is both vulnerable and seductive. [18 Jul 2003, p.76]
  2. One long angelic hymn for an insane world with the intimacy of a friend playing guitar in your living room and the grandeur of Sigur Rós.
  3. With O, Rice has brought something new to the singer/songwriter genre: an accomplished sense of dramatics that keeps his music from ever becoming earthbound.
  4. 80
    Rice establishes an extraordinary intimacy here. [Oct 2003, p.107]
  5. 70
    His folky, cello-soaked songs will appeal to David Gray devotees. [Oct 2003, p.116]
  6. 67
    His single, "Cannonball," will be there for you after your next breakup. [Nov 2003, p.117]
  7. The big, inescapable problem with O is that, aside from being derivative, Rice's songwriting is also unbearably repetitive-- he stubbornly relies upon time-tested singer/songwriter formulas (quiet acoustic strumming and sober, wavering vocals), and repeats them almost exactly the same way, every time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48
  1. Cradduck
    Feb 3, 2004
  2. LouiseM
    Dec 4, 2003
    thank you Damo.
  3. Nov 22, 2011
    Spectacular debut from the Irish troubadour. Tracks 1-6 are beautifully delicate love songs that are just the soundtrack to falling/being blindly in love. Things turn bitter and dark on Cheers Darling which is one of the highlights for me. I Remember is a good snapshot of what this album is all about - soft, gentle and adoring on one side, angry, bitter and jilted on the other. Lisa Hannigan's vocals compliment Rice fantastically throughout and their harmonies and arrangements are the soul of the record. Eskimo brings things to an operatic end - absolute genius. If you take that to be the end of the album then it's perfect. I'm not sure how much value the hidden tracks Prague and Silent Night add to the record. Prague gives a taste of what was to come on his follow up 9 and Silent Night is just a showcase of Hanigans solo vocals. Expand
  4. John
    Mar 30, 2004
    11/10 By far the best album of 2003 (and the best live performance) Original yet 'instant classic' Makes you think of : Jeff Buckley + Muse + Elvis Costello + Jacques Brel + a bit of Radiohead + Beth Gibbons & Rustin' Man, all combined with a dash of Irish tradition Expand
  5. MattJ
    Oct 5, 2005
    Beautiful, yet deep, one of the few great singer songwriters of this generation
  6. Pepsicolkah
    Jan 4, 2007
  7. JamesC
    Jul 31, 2004
    An admirable effort, but this album is clearly geared towards middle aged, liberal, corduroy wearing Drama teachers. I'd be amazed if their's any longevity with Rice's initial offering. Expand

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