ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
#4] Damien Rice By
Getting right to
the point, Damien Rice's debut album O is brilliant. The Irish singer/songwriter
has crafted an album full of heartfelt folk songs that glide seamlessly from stripped-down
to lushly orchestrated. Rice's captivating vocals and simple guitar playing is
complimented by the rolling cello of Vyvienne Long and the angelic vocals of Lisa
Hannigan. Together, with the masterful use of space, each song soars with emotion
and intimacy seldom heard in music today. From the powerful yearning of "The
Blower's Daughter" to the haunting duet "Cold Water" to the passionate
tension of "I Remember" to the redemption seeking "Eskimo,"
Rice opens up and bares all. There are no filler tracks here. Every song is a
star that shines as bright as the last. Quite simply, Rice has that special something
musically. A God given talent that's only tangible in the results. O is
an instant classic and we can only hope this young talent will continue to share
his results with us.