O (Damien Rice album)

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O
Studio album by Damien Rice
Released 1 February 2002
Recorded 2001
Genre Folk, indie rock, acoustic rock
Length 61:27
Language English
Label 14th Floor (Ireland/UK)
Vector (USA)
Producer Damien Rice
Damien Rice chronology
O
(2002)
B-Sides
(2004)
Singles from O
  1. "The Blower's Daughter"
    Released: September 2001
  2. "Cannonball"
    Released: 2002
  3. "Volcano"
    Released: 2002

O is Damien Rice's first studio album, originally released on 1 February 2002, in Ireland and in the United Kingdom. The album is dedicated to Rice's friend Mic Christopher, who died of a head injury in 2001.

Rice wanted to make the album without the backing of a major record label, believing if he signed such a deal it would compromise his future work, forcing him to move in directions he did not wish to.[1]

The video for the song "Volcano" charted in the United States on VH1's Top 20 Video countdown in October 2003.[2]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
The Guardian 4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (5.4/10) link
Q 4/5 stars
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link
Slant 5/5 stars link
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Stylus Magazine (C) link
Openheartzoo 4/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Damien Rice

No. Title Length
1. "Delicate"   5:12
2. "Volcano"   4:38
3. "The Blower's Daughter"   4:44
4. "Cannonball"   5:10
5. "Older Chests"   4:46
6. "Amie"   4:36
7. "Cheers Darlin'"   5:50
8. "Cold Water"   4:59
9. "I Remember"   5:31
10. "Eskimo" (Hidden tracks "Prague" from 7:07 to 13:00, and "Silent Night" from 14:09 to 15:57, sung by Lisa Hannigan) 15:57

Release history[edit]

After the album's initial release and success, it was repackaged several times with additional material

  • 2003 – with bonus DVD
  • 2004 – with extra track "Cannonball" (Remix)
  • 2004 – double album pack: O and B-Sides
  • 2005 – with extra tracks "Cannonball" (Remix) and "Unplayed Piano"

Personnel[edit]

Use in Other Media[edit]

  • "The Blower's Daughter" was featured in the trailer for the 2004 Mike Nichols film Closer, as well as in the film itself.[4]
  • "Cold Water" was featured in the 2003 film I Am David, in the end credits of the 2005 film Stay, also in the end credits of the final episode of the 2014 television crime thriller Prey and in the opening and closing scene of The Girl in the Café. In addition, it was featured in the 2010 French movie Little White Lies.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Album Reviews - Damien Rice 'O'". CLUAS. 2002. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  2. ^ "VH1's Music Radar; Wed., October 8 - Tues., October 14, 2003". Find Articles. 2003-10-08. Retrieved 2008-07-05. [dead link]
  3. ^ "O — Damien Rice". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Morris, Wesley (3 December 2004). "On 'Closer' inspection, Nichols rules". Boston Globe. Retrieved 10 June 2011.