Damien Rice: New Mp3!

For a limited time, you can download the free, legal mp3 of Damien Rice’s “I Don’t Want to Change You” from his new album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, at NPR’s Heavy Rotation.


Damien Rice: New Album, Song & Video!

After an eight year recording break, Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice will finally release his third album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, on November 11th. You can hear his new single, “I Don’t Want to Change You,” at NPR.

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Maria Doyle Kennedy: Sing

Irish actress and singer Maria Doyle Kennedy is best known on this side of the Atlantic as villainess Mrs. Bates on PBS’ hit series Downton Abbey. In her native Ireland, Maria is probably better remembered for her backup singer role in The Committments and her guest spot as Eoin McLove’s assistant on Father Ted. But with the release of her 2008 album, Mütter, Maria’s gorgeous voice was able to shine on its own. Her latest musical effort, Sing, will be released on September 10th in the U.K. and September 18th in the U.S. The album features guest appearances by Damien Rice, Paul Brady and John Prine.

The ballad “Am I Choosing Right” quietly opens the album before Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice duets on the gentle acoustic title track. You can watch the video for “Sing” below.

“The Silence” is the standout track with its eerily delicate string and bell arrangement, a perfect fit for Maria’s unusually textured voice.

“Hola Luna” is a slightly more uptempo, string-accented folk number that rises beautifully as it goes along. Paul Brady guests on the track.

“The Most Beautiful People Are Broken” is a lovely poem of a song, and “Sing from the Sea” is one of those lilting, seafaring folk songs that only the Irish can sing.

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Muruch Classic Albums Appreciation Club: Week 7

Anyone wondering why I chose Damien Rice’s O for last week’s classic album need only to listen to it. The album that introduced the world to Lisa Hannigan is just as impressive, powerful and emotive now as it was when I first heard the original Irish release in 2001. While male/female harmonies have since become very common, at least in indie music, back then it was quite unusual. And whether singing together or alternating vocals, Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan possess two of the most extraordinary voices ever recorded. Add to that Rice’s unique (especially for the time), intricate weaving of classical instrumentation and operatic vocal flourishes into otherwise simple, but absolutely lovely acoustic melodies and the album (particularly the songs “The Blower’s Daughter” and “Eskimo”) can’t be called anything but a classic.

This week’s classic album is an old favorite…Carole King: Tapestry

To recap the procedure here: At the beginning of each week, I’ll post brief thoughts on the previous week’s listening experience along with the coming week’s classic album selection. Then sometime in the week that follows, we’ll all take the time to listen to the album from beginning to end with no distractions. It can be as simple as just getting away from the computer to listen alone or you can make an event of it with candles, beverages and friends. Whatever format you play the album in or the manner in which you listen, just give the music your full and undivided attention.

Feel free to comment or email your opinions of our selections and recommendations for classic albums (from any decade, including this one).

Muruch Classic Albums Appreciation Club: Week 6

What can I say about last week’s choice of The Beatles: Abbey Road? It’s an undeniable classic and it remains an impressive album decades later. My husband said it was his favorite classic album in this project so far. It didn’t really grab me emotionally the way previous selections have and none of my personal favorite Beatles songs are on this particular album, but it was nonetheless a very pleasant listening experience. We’ll be jumping up to the aughts for a less safe choice this week.

This week’s classic album will be…Damien Rice: O

To recap the procedure here: At the beginning of each week, I’ll post brief thoughts on the previous week’s listening experience along with the coming week’s classic album selection. Then sometime in the week that follows, we’ll all take the time to listen to the album from beginning to end with no distractions. It can be as simple as just getting away from the computer to listen alone or you can make an event of it with candles, beverages and friends. Whatever format you play the album in or the manner in which you listen, just give the music your full and undivided attention.

Feel free to comment or email your opinions of our selections and recommendations for classic albums (from any decade, including this one).