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Damien Rice, O

“Have you ever felt emotions so overwhelming that you...”

Written on: 22/08/2008 by Casandra (8 reviews written)

Have you ever felt emotions so overwhelming that you could not even describe? Well, Damien Rice will put that in words for you. In a way you have never imagined. So deep, yet so down to earth, so metaphoric, yet so real. Double it with perhaps the most sincere tone of voice and a beauty of expression 'and you still will not understand, until you actually listen to him.

I fell in love with 0 in the first moment. And although saying now that you love The Blower's Daughter has become a cliche, I cannot accept that. Because Damien's songs are a personal experience. Because every time you listen to a track, you find a new modulation of the voice, you discover a swallowed tear you had ignored, you give different and multilayered interpretations to the lyrics. You fit the song to your mood, to your story, you make it yours and yours only. You take it in your arms, in your heart and never let it go. Then you buy other albums, you go to parties, you listen to plenty of music. But as soon as you remember him, you miss the album as much as he misses the lover he is moaning for. As much as you miss your loved one. You want to have listen to it over and over again. To remember, to cry, to adore the sounds. To go deep when the violins dig in the harmonies or when the instruments add up to such a powerful mean of expression.

0 is the embodiment of suffering out of love, of the sublime despair when you realise you are lost, when you finally accept that the imagination and hope and desire cannot cope with real facts anymore. The one you love but were to shy to confess to, marries somebody else (Cheers Darlin ' ). Your loved one means everything to you, but your feelings are not returned (Delicate), or somebody worships to you, but you cannot fall for her (Volcano: you give me miles and miles of mountains, and I ask for the sea 'how beautiful is that?). You reached the bottom, and sink in Cold Water.

I will stop here as no words can cover the experience of Damien's song. Every sound, every fragment, every verse bares an inexpressible load, a depth that has to be revealed to each and every one in a special way.

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