They say timing is everything. So it follows that sometimes it’s just as important to know when not to make a record as it is to know when to make one. Damien Rice knows something about that. Not least of all because if he had allowed himself the luxury of choice, he might have delayed the release of 9, his 2006 follow-up to O, his understated yet emotionally charged debut that elevated the ordinary frustrations of love, life and the future with gentle but eloquent profundity. But then he wasn’t sure how much time he needed. A year? Two? Just long enough that he could write more songs that felt right. Who can say now? When he looks back he remembers that O was recorded with patience and 9 with frustration.
Damien’s latest album “My Favourite Faded Fantasy” was the result of honest hard work and dedication. The songs have the same sparseness, the same intimacy, but there is something else. A quiet confidence. Songs with meaning, that urge you to your highest good, or just let you know you’re a part of something bigger than yourself.
Sounds that make you want to take action. Even if it’s just to be kinder to yourself. And that’s a lot.
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