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Damien Rice / June 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 24th February 2015 at 8:00 am
 

Irish troubadour Damien Rice has announced three UK shows for this spring in support of his recent album ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’. Check out a sampling of tracks from the album just below the tour date listing.

These dates will be Rice’s only UK performances across the summer and will include Live At Chelsea, London’s first ever open-air concert at the historic home of the Chelsea Pensioners on the 13th of June, taking place in a fully seated auditorium in the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s central courtyard. Tickets for the following shows will go on general sale Friday the 27th of February at 9 AM.

Tuesday 9th June 2015 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Thursday 11th June 2015 – Manchester Albert Hall
Saturday 13th June 2015 – London Royal Hospital Chelsea

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Album Review: Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy

 
By on Thursday, 6th November 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

Damien Rice My Favourite Faded Fantasy CoverWhen I’ve listened to Damien Rice‘s music in the past, I’ve always found it to be brutal, hard on both the heart and the hearing. His debut album ‘O’ was lyrically edgy, with songs like ‘Volcano’ and ‘The Blower’s Daughter’, and second album ‘9’ was full of angst and frustration, as evidenced by the pugilistic refrain of ‘Rootless Tree’. So when Rice announced after an 8-year hiatus that he would be releasing a new album, I winced internally at the prospect. Surprisingly though, Rice’s latest effort, titled ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’, is more subtle and introspective than his earlier work, and it displays a greater degree of musical elegance.

Opening with eponymous track ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’, the album immediately displays a bit of a theatrical flair. Starting off as a desperate torch song, it calls to mind the main character in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. The music is a metaphorical mix of poignant melody and ever-so-slightly discordant harmony that eventually succumbs to an almost frenetic sadness. The instrumental arrangement of ‘It Takes a Lot to Know a Man’ is similarly beguiling, featuring an unusually complex counterpoint woven among the vocal line, the contemplative piano riff and the soaring string melody.

Rice employs an impressive level of vocal sensitivity in ‘The Greatest Bastard’, where he approaches the melodicism of bel canto style while still maintaining his typically rough, emotionally-charged vocal timbre. He makes effective use of his falsetto throughout the album, but in the full voice moments in the chorus of this track, he squarely hits the intersection between beautiful singing and potent expression.

Lyrically, Rice is somewhat more restrained on this album than I might have expected, though he hasn’t lost his sense of viscerally evocative poetry, such as the “dogless bone” simile of ‘Colour Me In’. Recent single ‘I Don’t Want to Change You’ is probably the most predictable track on the album, though its repetitive chorus doesn’t necessarily hinder the song’s beauty or its effectiveness. Placed in the middle of the track sequence, it provides a nice mental respite from intensity of the first three songs, and without breaking the general mood of the record.

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Where ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’ opens its namesake album with a hazy trip down memory lane, final tracks ‘Trusty and True’ and ‘Long Long Way’ close the album with a feeling of looking ahead to the future. The symmetry is appealing, but despite the length and expansiveness of the individual tracks (‘It Takes a Lot to Know a Man’ comes close to 10 minutes all on its own), the end of the album feels a bit abrupt, like a film screen gone black before the ending is assured. I’m of two minds on the issue of the overall tracklisting: on one hand, the concise length conveys what Rice wants to say without extra fluff or froth; on the other, the lack of denouement and resolution in the last two tracks left me wishing for something more.

Performed without the softening effect of Rice’s former partner Lisa Hannigan, the songs on this album depend on the strength of his own singing and the endurance of his love for the act of songwriting. Rice himself describes the new album as being “sung straight into the metaphorical mirror”, which may account for his somewhat gentler approach. Known for being a perfectionist and temperamental, Rice has apparently calmed those self-critical tendencies with the assistance of producer Rick Rubin (Angus and Julia Stone, Jake Bugg, Ed Sheeran), who convinced Rice to “open up and have faith in the songs”. These are certainly songs worth believing in, and the album is well worth the lengthy wait.

8.5/10

Damien Rice’s third studio album ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’ is available now on Atlantic Records. He will play a sold out show at the London Palladium this Friday, the 7th of November. Previous TGTF coverage of Damien Rice can be found here.

 

Bands to Watch #101: Lisa Hannigan

 
By on Monday, 23rd March 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

Lisa Hannigan (side)Lisa Hannigan is a lovely little vocalist from County Meath, whose beautiful acoustic folk is gaining her major critical acclaim over the world, from Ireland, all the way to the United States. While that sentence sums her up pretty well, I think Lisa has the ability to introduce herself a little better…

“Hello, I am a singer. I often hum away without realising it until I get funny looks on Camden street. I’m good at roasting potatoes and sewing on buttons, but not good at voice mails and competitive sports.”

Lisa’s early music career started out alongside fellow Irish folkster, Damien Rice. Lisa featured heavily on Rice’s 2002 debut album, O – and she also appeared live with Damien several times – taking up guitar, bass, or even drum duties while up on stage. In 2007, following creative difficulties, the partnership came to an end, and Lisa consequently went on to pursue a solo career.

Hannigan’s debut album, Sea Sew, was released in 2008 to an amazing reception . The CD not only gained a nomination for the coveted Choice-Music Prize – it also caught the eye of the United States press, with the Los Angeles Times labelling Sea Sew “charmingly idiosyncratic”.

While I don’t have the same big words as the Los Angeles Times, they are certainly correct in describing Lisa’s music as charming. Hannigan’s gentle voice beautifully compliments her mellow, yet quirky acoustic tunes. She’s an absolute joy to listen to when looking for something that little more peaceful to wind away the hours. Check out her MySpace now to listen to some quaint little songs the super talented Lisa has uploaded for us all to enjoy, including I Don’t Know, Lille and Some Suprise, which features Snow Patrol front man Gary Lightbody.

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New dates for The Bravery, Damien Rice, McFly, Rufus Wainwright and Thirteen Senses

 
By on Friday, 13th April 2007 at 4:56 pm
 

Wow, a busy ticket related day.

First up, The Bravery return to play:

LIVERPOOL Carling Academy – Tues 10 July
NEWCASTLE Carling Academy – Wed 11 July
BIRMINGHAM Academy – Mon 16 July
CAMDEN LONDON The Electric Ballroom – Tues 17 July
BRIGHTON Concorde – Wed 25 July

Tickets on sale 9am Monday 16th April

Damien Rice adds four new summer dates to his tour dates. These are all on sale now from here.

New Theatre Oxford – Thursday 21/06/2007
Reading Hexagon – Tuesday 10/07/2007
Carling Academy Bristol – Wednesday 11/07/2007
Brighton Dome – Saturday 14/07/2007

These are on top of the already announced dates in October at:
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena – Monday 01/10/2007
Birmingham National Indoor Arena – Tuesday 02/10/2007
Glasgow S.E.C.C. – Thursday 04/10/2007
Nottingham Arena – Friday 05/10/2007
Wembley Arena – Saturday 06/10/2007
Plymouth Pavilions – Monday08/10/2007
Bournemouth Int’nl Centre – Tuesday 09/10/2007
Manchester Evening News Arena – Thursday 11/10/2007
Cardiff International Arena – Friday12/10/2007

McFly add another date to their theatre tour, on sale on Saturday 14th April at 10am

LONDON Astoria – Thurs 8 May

Rufus Wainwright has added another date to his Residency at London’s Old Vic theatre. He’ll now play Sunday 27th May , Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th, Thursday 31st and Friday 1st June. Tickets on sale here.

Thirteen Senses have announced a mini-tour in mid-May, allh of which are on sale now from here. They’ll play:

SOUTHAMPTON Joiners – Mon 14 May
NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms – Tues 15 May
LONDON KCLSU – Wed 16 May
NORTHAMPTON The Soundhaus – Fri 18 May
BIRMINGHAM Bar Academy (Dale End) – Sat 19th May.

 
 
 

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