First time When I heard him was at my friend house when we were preparing for exams and cold water was the first song and as soon as I heard I copied whole collection of damien into my mobile and that was my first introduction to damien rice!
The low resonance of the tick tock overpowering the keys of the piano instantly took me into the song, as the echoing of “Lord can you hear me..can you hear..or am I lost?” enveloped my feelings into something translatable.
The quality of his voice is like no other…
Rice says ” I like the idea of being able to carve out a kind of magical, colourful, artistic, inspirational life. And the reality just turns out to be quite different, working with the business to bring this thing you have created into the world. I wouldn’t say I ran away but I stepped back to get perspective and think about what it was that I really wanted. But every time it comes back to music.”
Damien Rice:someone who prefer smaller venues, someone who really knows meaning of life.
“Delicate” is one of the five songs that Hannigan does not sing on—as the clamor surrounding Rice and his band grew in those halcyon days of 2003, there were rumors that they had been or possibly still were romantically involved. “Delicate” is dedicated to a secret flame—“We might make out, when nobody’s there. It’s not that we’re scared. It’s just that it’s delicate,” Rice sings softly, prior to holding nothing back as the refrains continue to build—“Why’d you sing ‘Hallelujah’ if it means nothing to you? Why’d you sing with me at all?”
he says, “I started with a real innocence, a real love for the instrument, the writing the songs, the playing the songs and the sharing and the recording and experimenting. It was exciting.
“Then, this thing called success came and something happened at some point where I became disenchanted and I lost the innocence. I got to a place where, in all honesty, I got a little bit arrogant and felt that I knew what I was doing, but really I was using that as a buffer to the world, because underneath I had no fucking idea what I was doing and I was kind of lost.”
“Music is always an act of love.” “She’s had enough and so she drew a line, and she quit smoking and she quit me. And… I get it. You know, I get it and I don’t.” – Damien Rice
“Let’s say I get called a ‘selfish, arrogant asshole’. I’ve learned how to not get defensive. ‘Selfish’ comes into my life now and I count all the times I was selfish. I count all the times I was arrogant – so many times. ‘Asshole’ – again, so many times. And I start smiling and think, ‘This person is so right: I am a selfish, arrogant asshole – sometimes. Similarly, I am a kind, humble, gentle human being – sometimes. As is everyone. Everyone is capable of everything.”
My Favourite Faded Fantasy, This is the first Damien Rice album not to feature Lisa Hannigan. To give a sense of how critical a part she played in his recording history, consider that hers is the last voice the listener hears on his much-adored debut album, O, and the first they hear on its follow-up, 9.
“It wasn’t even so much missing the voice,
” he says. “It was just missing Lisa. It was missing my partner in the studio. She was not afraid to be honest with me if she didn’t like something. That was very healthy for me, whereas initially, for this, I was on my own without somebody to tell me, ‘This is crap – do that again’. I was missing that and that’s why I reached out to Rick [Rubin, the album’s producer] – because Lisa wasn’t around, I needed somebody who wasn’t going to want to change me but be able to stand there in front of me and tell me ‘not good enough’.”
He had wanted her to sing on the album.
“I spoke to her about it and asked her what she thought of it [making music together] and she very beautifully responded saying that she thinks it’s best for both of us that we” – here he pauses for a long time to find the right words – “do our own thing for now.