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]2006] Damien Rice - 9 (Mp3 Download)

Review by Marisa Brown @
In 2003, Irish singer/songwriter Damien Rice wooed listeners with his debut, O, a collection of songs that displayed his (and counterpart Lisa Hannigan's) poignant yet interesting and intelligent vocals over quiet guitars and strings. On O, Rice was able to come off as sensitive and emotional without seeming sappy or cheesy, a difficult balance to attain, and certainly an impressive accomplishment. He was also able to write simple, pretty songs that still managed to have a voice and style of their own, and stick out from the rest of the acoustic guitar folk-pop. Needless to say, because of all this, he definitely put some pressure on himself for what he would present on his next release. What he turned out, 9, unfortunately shows signs of a sophomore slump. There are still some great tracks on it -- the stellar "The Animals Were You," the Dylan-esque "Coconut Skins" -- and to give him credit, Rice ventures into other genres, using a piano more frequently and even an electric guitar once or twice ("Me, My Yoke & I" is a rock song, no two ways about it) along with his usual timid acoustic accompanied by orchestral strings, but where before he was able to write love songs that didn't come across as clichéd or affected, on 9 (which, incidentally, has ten tracks) he seems so aware of the danger of coming off as trite that he tries too hard to overcome it, and ends up with something that seems very forced. For the most part his melodies -- excluding the aforementioned pieces -- are nothing more than unmemorably nice, but when coupled with hooks like "The girl who does yoga/When we come over" (from "Dogs") and "Does he drive you wild?/Or just mildly free?" (from "Accidental Babies") they become memorably painful, which takes away from what's actually great about 9: namely, the musical arrangements and Rice's voice (Hannigan, though she begins and ends the album, is hardly present), whose emotion ranges from dejected apathy to anger and is always pretty believable. 9 is by no means a failure, or even bad, but it dulls in comparison to what Rice can really produce, which makes it disappointing overall.

Track Lists
01. 9 Crimes
02. The Animals Were Gone
03. Elephant
04. Rootless Tree
05. Dogs
06. Coconut Skins
07. Me, My Yoke & I
08. Grey Room
09. Accidental babies
10. Sleep Don't Weep
11. The Rat Within The Grain

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What People Said

Great work! I was desperately looking for a feed on this album. Keep up the good work. Would you know of any other links that do this kinda thing
Cheers Blogger dinuksha :: 11/14/06, 2:52 PM :: Top  

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Cheers, i really like 9 crimes Anonymous Anonymous :: 11/22/06, 12:53 AM :: Top  

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I WANT THIS ALBUM! but i cant download! plzzy fix the link!

huhuhu =/


thanks in advance =] Anonymous riq :: 3/13/07, 10:37 PM :: Top  

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i would really be grateful if you could fix the dead links... please ??? Blogger crazy :: 5/30/07, 10:02 PM :: Top  

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