9 (Damien Rice album)

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9
Studio album by Damien Rice
Released 3 November 2006
Genre Folk
Length 67:41
Language English
Label Heffa
Producer Damien Rice
Damien Rice chronology
B-Sides
(2004)
9
(2006)
Live at Fingerprints Warts & All
(2007)
Singles from 9
  1. "9 Crimes"
    Released: 27 November 2006
  2. "Rootless Tree"
    Released: 6 February 2007
  3. "Dogs"
    Released: 17 September 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[2]
The Independent 2/5 stars[3]
The New York Times[4] n/a
Okayplayer 3.5/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media (1.9/10)[6]
Q Magazine 4/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[9]

9 is the second studio album by Irish singer, songwriter and producer Damien Rice, released in 2006. The album was released on 3 November in Ireland, 6 November in the United Kingdom and 14 November in the US. It was followed by the single "9 Crimes", which was released on 27 November 2006. The record was certified gold in the UK.

Background[edit]

Damien Rice had originally intended to record only one album, O, but he ended up releasing 9 at the insistence of his record company. He later said in an interview: "Now I regret that, because I would take half the songs that are on 9 off. I just don't think it's good as a record as it could be".[10]

"Elephant" was originally titled "The Blower's Daughter Part 2". "The Blower's Daughter" is a song on Rice's first album O.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Damien Rice

No. Title Length
1. "9 Crimes" (Contains the hidden track "9 Crimes (Demo)" in the pregap to the first CD track. It is a rough demo of "9 Crimes" with all vocals by Rice.) 3:39
2. "The Animals Were Gone"   5:41
3. "Elephant"   5:57
4. "Rootless Tree"   4:22
5. "Dogs"   4:11
6. "Coconut Skins"   3:45
7. "Me, My Yoke + I"   5:57
8. "Grey Room"   5:43
9. "Accidental Babies"   6:34
10. "Sleep Don't Weep" (The song ends with 16 minutes of wine glasses and a Tibetan singing bowl played by Rice.) 21:54
11. "The Rat Within the Grain"" (Bonus track) 2:54

Personnel[edit]

Critical reaction[edit]

The album was released to mixed critical and fan reaction. NME gave the album 4/10, describing it as "IKEA rock". Hot Press wrote "If Rice really was a nervous wounded-wing, there's no way he'd skirt as close to Nick Drake comparisons as he does on 'The Animals Are Gone'", and, in a reference to the 'noise' preceding the first track, "there's another noise that can be made out faintly but distinctly — the sound of the Grays, LaMontagnes, Johnsons and the Blunts of this world breaking their pencil tips on their jotters in sheer envy and frustration."

Both Mojo and Q gave the album 4/5. The Sunday Times'' made it their 'Album of the Week'. It was People Magazine's Critic Choice in November 2006.

Sales chart performance[edit]

The album reached number 4 in the UK Albums Chart.[11] In the US, it was on the Billboard 200 for 10 weeks, peaking on its debut at #22.[citation needed]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[12] 33
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 14
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 53
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[15] 20
French Albums (SNEP)[16] 86
German Albums (Official Top 100)[17] 87
Irish Albums (IRMA)[18] 1
Italian Albums (FIMI)[19] 33
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[20] 8
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[21] 94
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 24
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 48
UK Albums (OCC)[24] 4
US Billboard 200[25] 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brown, Marisa. 9 (Damien Rice album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Mat Snow (3 November 2006). "CD: Damien Rice, 9 Crimes | Music | The Guardian". London: Music.guardian.co.uk. Archived from the original on 14 June 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Gill, Andy (20 April 2010). "Ford Fiesta overtakes VW Golf as Europe's favorite drive – Motoring, Life & Style – The Independent". London: Enjoyment.independent.co.uk. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "New CDs". The New York Times. 20 November 2006. 
  5. ^ [1] Archived 14 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Damien Rice: 9 | Album Reviews | Pitchfork Archived 15 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ [2] Archived 16 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ [3] Archived 3 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Music | Slant Magazine Archived 30 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Tyaransen, Olaf (December 2009). "Cri de Coeur". Hot Press Annual. pp. 26–31. 
  11. ^ "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyHit.com. 16 March 2000. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Damien Rice – 9". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Damien Rice – 9" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  14. ^ "Damien Rice – 9" (in French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  15. ^ "Damien Rice – 9" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  16. ^ "Damien Rice – 9". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  17. ^ "Damien Rice – 9". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  18. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-Track.co.uk. GFK Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  19. ^ "Classifiche - Archivio - Classifica settimanale WK 46 (dal 06-11-2006 al 12-11-2006)" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "Damien Rice – 9". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  21. ^ "Damien Rice – 9". Spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  22. ^ "Damien Rice – 9". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  23. ^ "Damien Rice – 9". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  24. ^ "Damien Rice | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  25. ^ "Damien Rice Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Damien Rice. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2 November 2013.