O (Damien Rice album)

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O
Damien Rice O album cover.jpg
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 the debut studio album by Irish musician Damien Rice, 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[4]
Blender 4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly A[6]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[7]
Mojo 4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media 5.4/10[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
Slant Magazine 5/5 stars[11]
Spin B–[12]
Uncut 3/5 stars[13]

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
  • 2003 - includes extended version of "Eskimo", which features "Woman Like A Man" from B-Sides, and brings the track's length to 21:42.[14]
  • 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.[15]
  • "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. ^ "Reviews for O by Damien Rice". Metacritic. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Spano, Charles. "O – Damien Rice". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  5. ^ True, Everett (August 2003). "Damien Rice: O". Blender (18). Archived from the original on 19 October 2006. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Wise, Catherine (18 July 2003). "O". Entertainment Weekly: 76. 
  7. ^ Petridis, Alexis (9 August 2002). "Damien Rice: O". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Damien Rice: O". Mojo (119): 107. October 2003. 
  9. ^ Petrusich, Amanda (18 August 2003). "Damien Rice: O". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  10. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony (10 July 2003). "Damien Rice: O". Rolling Stone (926). Archived from the original on 22 April 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  11. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (3 June 2003). "Damien Rice: O". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Breakdown". Spin 19 (11): 117. November 2003. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Damien Rice – O". Uncut (77): 116. October 2003. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  14. ^ https://us.7digital.com/artist/damien-rice/release/o-2
  15. ^ Morris, Wesley (3 December 2004). "On 'Closer' inspection, Nichols rules". Boston Globe. Retrieved 10 June 2011.