But Rice is still his uncompromising, prickly self (there will be no tours, no interviews this time). A self-confessed 'depressive fucker', he's clearly tricky boyfriend material. accompanist Lisa Hannigan, 9 is more self-consciously discordant. Recommended: 'Rootless Tree'; 'The Animals Were Gone'. Once again aided by singer Lisa Hannigan, the first song on the just as is Rootless Tree with Rice lambasting an unwanted girlfriend in the. "9 Crimes" is the first single from the album 9 by Damien Rice. This song features additional vocals from Lisa Hannigan as do the rest of the songs on the album.
Damien Rice 9 | Album Review | Slant Magazine
It sounds more effortless. It felt more effortless. I found it much easier to write. I think the first one, I was very aware of people listening to it, or rather the people in the future that might be listening to it.
It was just purely a selfish endeavor, which it has to be. Your friend Glen [Hansard] has a documentary coming out about his music and his relationship with [ex-girlfriend] Marketa Irglova.
Would you ever do something like that?Damien Rice (feat. Lisa Hannigan) - 9 crimes
You know, I think that those things can be quite interesting. It would probably make a better documentary. She put the bag in first. This is the key. You put the bag in, then you put the hot water into it. We do moan about it a lot. You mentioned previously that you attributed a lot of the reason you and Damien split to your songwriting styles being incompatible. Can you speak to that at all? I mean it was his thing; he wrote the songs, of course.
I had no business having any opinion about the songwriting style. I think it was more just, you know—we had worked together for 7, 8 years, and had grown up together. I felt like I needed more impetus.
Why Irish singer Damien Rice won’t sign your autographs or pose for a photograph with you
I think it just was a very natural thing. You know, it was sort of a blowup of an ending, but those things often are. It seems to have worked out for the better.
Do you ever miss it? Playing those songs and performing together?
And if I'm not happy in that situation, then I become a miserable, unappreciative git. So I had all of that conflict going on inside.
I would beat myself up, going 'there's something wrong with you, you don't appreciate anything, look at you, you're just spoilt'. Anything I'd write, I didn't like. Anything I'd record, I didn't like.
I got to realise that it was mostly caused by me being afraid that I would let other people down, afraid that I wouldn't be good enough as a human being without the music. And it's still going - I can't wait to get back in the studio.
Despite writing the best part of songs, only eight make it onto My Favourite Faded Fantasy. They are, he says, simply the ones he enjoys listening to most, irrespective of what his "friends and management" think.
To give a sense of how critical a part she played in his recording history, consider that hers is the last voice the listener hears on his much-adored debut album, O, and the first they hear on its follow-up, 9.
It was missing my partner in the studio. She was not afraid to be honest with me if she didn't like something.
That was very healthy for me, whereas initially, for this, I was on my own without somebody to tell me, 'This is crap - do that again'.
I was missing that and that's why I reached out to Rick [Rubin, the album's producer] - because Lisa wasn't around, I needed somebody who wasn't going to want to change me but be able to stand there in front of me and tell me 'not good enough'.
Because I could let go and I was like 'ok, I'm doing this alone'.
Damien Rice: 'I opened every can of worms I could' - withoutyouitsjustnot.us
When I say asleep, I mean that I was asleep to the fact that I was standing in my own way. He helped me get out of my way, and had he not done that, there may not be a record.
I remember sitting down with the band at the time and saying to them, 'Do you want to get paid or do you want to get a percentage of the sales? I ask him if he would ever change anything about the past. That's why sometimes when people bring up the Lisa thing, I am so grateful for everything I experienced with her because I got to learn amazing things. This time, there's a long pause.
My perspective on things is totally different.