Come all ye brokenhearted, gather 'round and listen to a modern-day troubadour. Damien Rice specializes in simple folk songs that, instead of raw instrumental or lyrical talent, rely on pure honesty and emotion to convey a message. O is his best work so far, a tour de force that is so good that it's almost impossible not to be touched in some way by it. The album starts off very strongly with "Delicate," a good representation of pretty much everything you'll find on the album. It starts out quietly with softly strummed chords and Damien singing quietly. When the chorus starts, the violins come in and stay throughout the entire record. They add so much to the music, increasing the beauty by an immeasurable amount. Rice's voice is smooth and calming, able to hit highs and lows effortlessly; the fact that such moments are unexpected makes them an even more satisfying release when he lets loose and shouts the lyrics. On "Volcano" we get our first taste of Lisa Hannigan. Whereas Damien's voice is reassuring and strong, Hannigan's is fragile, vulnerable, and ultimately deliciously depressing. The vocal interplay between the two is one of the best parts of the record.
Every song has its own highlight, from the beautiful guitar work in "Cannonball" to Hannigan's part at the end of "The Blower's Daughter" to the lone violins in "Amie." But perhaps the album's best moments are its most intense. "I Remember" is certainly Rice's most surprising song, starting out as one of the quietest tracks and ending as the loudest. Hannigan is at her most vulnerable for the first half and Rice is at his most emotional for the second half and the final release that the cacophonous ending brings is absolutely perfect. The whole album builds up to "Eskimo," which houses the album's top moment, Doreen Curran's opera singing. This album was certainly a huge surprise for me, who was expecting something good, not amazing. Rice's simple yet exceedingly pretty guitar playing paired with his and Hannigan's vocals, stunning string arrangements, and general depressing-in-a-good-way mood makes for one of my favorite albums ever. While O might not be a classic, it's damn close.
Damien Rice has proven himself as one of music's most emotional and touching figures. But he is truly at his best when he simply speaks out to you and to me, to anyone who's ever been in love, to anyone who's been hurt, and especially to anyone who's just been down,
how will they know if it's good if they don't want to read it for length
By having a good introduction. If I'm already bored before I even get into the review, it's a boring review and I most probably won't read it. If you've ever written an essay for school, you should know what I'm talking about.
Lisa Hannigan has a beautiful voice ....I seen them live and she is also extremely easy on the eye ,I think I spent the whole gig looking at her and possibly drooling in a decidedly unattractive fashion.