Review #33: Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Artist – Damien Rice
Album – My Favourite Faded Fantasy (2014)

Check it out –https://open.spotify.com/album/1dMqVfKYgHAjG76ZZufxSW

Damien Rice is an Irish singer-songwriter. Damien first started music professionally in the band ‘Juniper’, these had a little bit of success but Rice decided to move on to become a solo performer. ‘0’ was Damien’s first full album, which reached number 8 in the UK charts and gained him a large fan base. Rice likes to write music that means something, and to try and contribute back he participates in a number of charities including ‘Enough Project’ and ‘Freedom Campaign’. 2 albums down Rice brings out his latest effort with ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’.

My Favourite Faded Fantasy is a compilation of soft sad ballads in a very similar vain to Damien’s previous work. Instrumentation is always stretched and experimented with in Rices music, we have the similar piano, vocals, acoustic, but also a mix of strings to add the large orchestral feel to certain songs ‘It Takes A Lot To Know A Man’. Damien’s lyrics have always been the key element to his music, being themselves abstract at times but still comprehendible with considerable thought put into every line, this albums lyrics do not disappoint, with the same effort and feeling in every song. The dynamics on this album are engaging and dramatic, pulling the listener in when Damien’s vocals are almost whisper like, then the adrenaline kicks in once the orchestral elements join and each musicians is playing with passion and power.

My Favourite Faded Fantasy is another excellent album in this small catalogue of Damien’s. There doesn’t seem to be the hit that ‘9’ had with ‘9 Crimes’, but it is a collection of well crafted and meaningful songs. Damien Rice is a songwriter every other songwriter enjoys and looks up to, this album is definitely worth a listen if you are one of those songwriters.

8/10

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