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Old 01-13-2005, 09:52 AM   #1
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Oxfam Tsunami relief show in the TBMC, Dublin



12 Jan 2005
Though a charity gig hardly makes for the perfect barometer, it is still perpetually astounding to note the evolution (or devolution?) of Damien Rice’s live audiences. Although Rice’s army of ardent fans are also out in force, the Temple Bar Music Centre is populated in part by after-work revellers, and the type of teenagers who tend to buy idiotic ringtones.
Paradoxially, while his crowd appears to have become more diverse, Rice has abandoned his coffee-house acoustic sound for something entirely more uncompromising. In fact, the nicely experimental effects that now polish his beloved repertoire would impress even the most ardent Sigur Ros fan.
Seemingly eager to seperate himself from the acoustic flotsam, Rice has embellished the sedate quietness of ‘I Remember’ and ‘Volcano’ with perfectly shambolic climaxes. Quite how Rice’s new brand of drone-driven melancholia works in those American sold-out theatres is another thing entirely, but tonight, the whole effect is little short of mesmerising. Even Lisa Hannigan appears to have bloomed from an unassuming, fidgeting performer into a woman with fire in her throat and a luminous stage presence that is blinding at close range.
Against the backdrop of twinkling fairy lights, tracks like ‘Older Chests’ and ‘The Professor’ sound charmingly inviting, while ‘Cold Water’, performed entirely in the dark, silences both audience and irritating ringtone alike, offering a stark but elegant rumination on the unthinkable disaster of recent days.
From the look of things, Rice’s audiences seem perfectly happy to bathe in this new-found intensity and experimental bent. Very few artists, it must be said, get to be themselves and are loved unconditionally for it – all in all, it’s not bad going for the guy who once gave it all up to become a Tuscan farmer.


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Old 01-13-2005, 10:38 AM   #2
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and the type of teenagers who tend to buy idiotic ringtones.
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Old 01-13-2005, 10:56 AM   #3
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Old 01-13-2005, 11:06 AM   #4
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From the look of things, Rice’s audiences seem perfectly happy to bathe in this new-found intensity and experimental bent.
i dont agree with what the reviewer has said above in the sense that i dont thinkthat the intensity is new-found ive seen him many a time in times pastwhere he has put a rockier/edgier sound to many of his songs,using the guitar as a drum etc etc
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Old 01-13-2005, 11:39 AM   #5
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i dont agree with what the reviewer has said above in the sense that i dont thinkthat the intensity is new-found ive seen him many a time in times pastwhere he has put a rockier/edgier sound to many of his songs,using the guitar as a drum etc etc


Yes it would seem that the reviewer last saw Damien play in 2001 or early 2002!
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<P align=justify>From the look of things, Rice’s audiences seem perfectly happy to bathe in this new-found intensity and experimental bent.
<P align=justify>i dont agree with what the reviewer has said above in the sense that i dont think*that the intensity is new-found ive seen him many a time in times past*where he has put a rockier/edgier sound to many of his songs,using the guitar as a drum etc etc</SPAN>
yeah yout right milkym it certainly isn't a 'new sound', he has been doing it for a long time
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that the reviewer last saw Damien play in 2001 or early 2002!

Pretty sure I read a revue she did in HP on the december 03 gig.
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Old 01-14-2005, 11:29 AM   #8
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Well then she's just stupid[img]smileys/smiley36.gif[/img]
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In fact, it's pretty much his "original sound" isn't it? I think his live style now is closer to Juniper than ever before.


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she's an eejit dont take anything she reviews serious... her big words make her sound more important than she actually is
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Old 01-20-2005, 07:25 PM   #11
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now don't go sugar-coating it now jeweller...
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hey the mans tellin it like it is!
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In fact, the nicely experimental effects that now polish his beloved repertoire would impress even the most ardent Sigur Ros fan.


Is she trying to say that its a bad thing?[img]smileys/smiley5.gif[/img]
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Old 01-21-2005, 07:55 AM   #14
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no shes not saying its bad thing at all shes simply saying that sigur ros fans would like his "new" style
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