Every so often a song may catch your fancy that seems so perfect that it can only be described as 'just right'. It's never too much of one thing or too little of another, when you listen to it, the song just fits your ears like a comfortable piece of clothing. Damien Rice's 'O' contains many of these kind of songs and it should come as no surprise since each song was put on tape in the unorthodox manner of waiting until the mood felt right to record. Rice's music features a nice blend of folk and blues accompanied by lush orchestrations and singer Lisa Hannigan's voice, which comes across as halfway between honey sweet and Janis Joplin. His biggest strength is certainly in his lyrics where Rice tells his listeners tales of Eskimo friends, volcanoes and lost love. While some parts may be self-indulgent in the usual singer/songwriter fashion, they do not take away from what is an impressive debut.
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