April 12, 2006
Damien of Rice
Damien Rice came and left Singapore, and I didn't even know it till I happened to perchance upon his concert review in the papers. What a pity; his album was one of the rare jewels that I played over and over again. If every year has a theme album, 2005's was O.
It is a pure acoustic twang that cuts through the deep night; comparable to the 1970s-style simplicity of music.
But dig deeper and you have early warning signs of explicit material: "Parental Advisory: Explicit Control" on its CD cover. And lyrics of seeming innocence, looked closer upon investigation and found teeming with red-eyed eccentricities. Much like the quote from sweet-voiced Jewel in the 1990's, saying "I'm just the other side of the coin of Marilyn Manson (marketed and publicised as demon worshipper and Satanic to the bone)". What music can do to cotton-candy the lyrics of a song!
Rice's anchor song "The Blower's Daughter" was featured in the equally dreamy movie Closer. But my especial favourite is Amie. A combination of guitar, two-part violin and voice, the song transcends all. It is the sort of silent music that is the perfect ending to a hectic, rat-raced day, the plucking of each string tugging at your equally tight heartstrings now and again.
nothing unusual nothing's changed
just a little older that's all
you know when you've found it there's something i've learned
'cause you feel it when they take it away
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