September 21, 2006

Album news from Damien Rice: “9″ due out in November

Several of my fantastic eagle-eye readers wrote me in the middle of the night to let me know that Damien Rice has announced his new, long-awaited follow-up album to 2003′s O.

In keeping with the pattern of succinct album titles, the new one will be called “9,” and will come out in November in Ireland on Rice’s own Heffa label. I hear that Rice produced & recorded the album himself, as well as designed all the artwork. So he multitasks.

You can listen to a stream of the first single from the album, “9 Crimes” on the 14th Floor Records site.

Also, here’s a live version of that same song from my beloved KFOG studios on 2/10/2003:

9 Crimes” – Damien Rice [mp3]

1. 9 Crimes
2. The Animals Were Gone
3. Elephant
4. Rootless Tree
5. Dogs
6. Coconut Skins
7. Me, My Yoke And I
8. Grey Room
9. Accidental Babies
10. Sleep Don’t Weep

Rice recently played a two-song set in New York City (and he didn’t invite c) for the ONE (Make Poverty History) campaign, which means, of course, that Bono was there. The U2 frontman introduced Damien, and had some pretty serious words of praise for the Irish songwriter.

Bono said, “What you’re about to hear and see is like being at a Bob Dylan gig in the early Sixties or a Cat Stevens gig in the early Seventies or James Taylor, or something extraordinary. Damien Rice is able to still and distill the storms into quiet reflection. He’s really a remarkable talent, I can’t quite believe that he’s here. I’m very humbled and very honoured and I would ask New York to give him the kind of welcome only New York, only Manhattan can, and then give him the silence he deserves because this is something very special.”

Then the best part is that Bono repeatedly demanded silence from the audience; among the stars who watched his performance were models Helena Christensen and Christy Turlington and actors Heather Graham and Ed Burns. An exact quote of Bono’s words were: “Take your f*cking finger food and f*ck off!”

That entertains me to no end.
I want to take Bono around to concerts with me.

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  • Omigod! I cannot wait! I just wonder if they’ll ever release it in Asia. But if there’s a will, there’s a way!

    Jax — September 21, 2006 @ 9:21 am

  • i have to say, inviting damien rice to perform at what was essentially a cocktail party was probably not the best plan ever. but at least bono rebounded by telling all his guests to f*ck off.

    c — September 21, 2006 @ 9:25 am

  • Hey Heather, check out this write up on the whole Damo/Bono thing…

    It’s a funny, clever little write up :)

    susana — September 21, 2006 @ 10:14 am

  • Who is the woman that pairs with him on both “O” and on this song? I like her voice.

    Kristy — September 21, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

  • I believe that is the lovely Ms. Lisa Hannigan.

    heather — September 21, 2006 @ 12:41 pm

  • Can’t friggin’ wait. I’ve been waiting for the follow-up to ‘O’ for what feels like an eternity. I don’t know if it could ever be better than his debut, but here’s to hoping.

    Oh, and Heather Graham must be a fan because I saw her at his show in Central Park this summer (opening for Fiona Apple).

    Brennan J. Gray — September 21, 2006 @ 11:32 pm

  • Bono is my hero

    rainking @ — September 22, 2006 @ 2:17 pm

  • excellent. thanks for sharing. i’ve heard some of the songs live, but the stream of 9 Crimes still amazes.

    So the album is titled “9″ and has a song titled “9 Crimes” and yet has 10 tracks… which ones not a crime? Guess we’ll have to wait until November to see.

    jojoware — September 26, 2006 @ 2:23 pm

  • did anyone else notice lisa missing from the summer tour? does anyone know the stiry behind that? is it a preview to a future without llisa and damien performing together? if so, that makes me sad.

    Anonymous — October 1, 2006 @ 1:07 am

  • tha,k you, I love “9 crimes”

    bulmam — January 26, 2007 @ 11:05 am

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