for May 19, 2003
ALTROK Ordinals 48
Damien Rice - 'O' (Vector Recordings)
Sometimes very powerful music doesn't have to have thunderous drumming,
wailing guitars, and screaming vocals. Proof of that is Damien Rice's debut
album "O", just the letter "o". A lot of Damien's record is so quiet you'll
wonder if there's anything playing, but it's a heck of a lot more powerful
than most of the angry, young, white, male "Cookie Monster Rock" that's so
prevalent in today's charts. Recorded over the course of 2 years, released
over a year ago in his native Ireland, "O" was, for the most part, recorded
in Damien's apartment with very few overdubs and almost completely live.
There is the immediacy...the urgency...that comes from not trying to make a
record, but letting the record make itself. With the help of his remarkable
band he's made a record that is at once depressing, uplifting, heartfelt,
heartbreaking, moving...and powerful.
June 3rd is the official US release date for "O" and Damien - with the
whole band - will celebrate with a show at New York City's Bowery Ballroom
on June 11th.
(Ordinals appear by the courtesy of Jeff Raspe.)
All material ©2001-2014 Sean Carolan, except as noted.
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