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My Favourite Faded Fantasy

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My Favourite Faded Fantasy is Damien Rice’s first collection of material in eight years and was produced by Rick Rubin and Rice himself. It is a selection of songs, which Rice says are “sung straight into the metaphorical mirror.” Intimate, frank and revitalized by making music again, My Favourite Faded Fantasy is a record that accepts one’s faults but also begins, perhaps, to appreciate one’s ability to grow up. The recording process began in Los Angeles and finished up with a cast of friends and local musicians against the stunning backdrop of Reykjavik, Iceland.
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  • Audio CD (November 10, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00NBXF74M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. M. Ettinger VINE VOICE on November 10, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Damien Rice breaks new ground, and yet he doesn't, on his first release in eight years - 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy'.

When it comes down to it, the reality is that it is still Rice, a guitar and a few songs. I'd almost say too few, since there only eight songs (but still clocking in at around 52 minutes) on this album and this is only his third disk in 12 years.

I kind of expected a greater of expanse in style with Rick Rubin producing. But sometimes Rubin is about stripping down the artist (think his work with Johnny Cash or Neil Diamond). Rice, however, already a very stripped down artist.

Rice isn't as stripped down here. Rubin builds upon Rice's writing talents, the way he did with someone like the Dixie Chicks. He doesn't change the music but truly enhances it.

I was afraid his artistic (and romantic?) break with Lisa Hannigan would be the end of me liking Rice. I thought they paired up so well together - even though I liked songs on which she never performed. But her absence doesn't seem to hinder his talent.

If you had to describe Rice in one word, 'mournful' seems to spring to mind. But he always has been. Now and then, he'd pick it up ("Rootless Tree", "Me, My Yoke and I"), but the currents of harder guitar work is still mournful. While his writing is awash in emotion, his vocals are almost void of it.

But I am a fan of mournful music.

Whereas in his previous recordings, a violin or viola were commonly used. Rice (or Rubin, probably) go for fuller strings. Sometimes they work to the song's advantage. Sometimes not.

I love the beginning of "I Don't Want to Change You" because of the strings. They carry throughout the song as well. The Wurlitzer organ is a nice touch.
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Irish troubadour Damien Rice is back with his third album and first in eight years "My Favourite Faded Fantasy". Produced by Rick Rubin, it comprises just eight tracks but each is expansive leaving you feeling you listened to more. Missing is his usual sparring partner Lisa Hannigan but he does a fab job alone.

The title track opens the album in a gentle mien before building to a waltzing/jazzy/guitar climax. It also contains the line "You could be my favourite taste to touch my tongue" which should be a contender for lyric of the year.

The nine minute-long "It Takes A Lot To Know A Man" starts off with dramatic strings before a breakdown with layered vocals, haunted piano riffs and an ornate orchestral coda. Its fluid progression takes you through different movements and ends before you realise it. Incredible!

The acoustic "The Greatest Bastard" is folky, reminiscent of Passenger or David Gray. Similar are the majestic "Colour Me In", and "Trusty And True". "I Don't Want To Change You" juxtaposes sweeping strings with a gentle groove and heartbreaking vocals from Rice, another masterpiece.

The vocal highlight has got to be on the simple "The Box" with Rice ranging from tender to impassioned while the music builds from spare to a melodramatic climax, something he does so well. The guitar work and strings here are stupendously beautiful. Closing the album is the lullaby-like "Long Long Way" with Rice singing in hushed tones while the song progressively builds.

Morose yet incredible.
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Fast forward 12 years since his breakthrough singles "The Blower's Daughter" and "Cannonball" Damien Rice returns from a wreckage, a true roller-coaster of living life as an artist and performer, from making mistakes and learning from them. The emotion we heard on his debut record O, is back full force only to present us with his second masterpiece.

For the better Damien Rice displays consistency in his style, meaning this is no different than anything the artist has ever done before, yet there's definitely a rejuvenation production-wise, and a very palpable maturity in the lyrics because that's basically what the album is exposing as a body of work, maturity and realization; From falling in love, falling out of love, introspection within gaining and losing and the outcome of it. As somber as this concept may sound, the product leaves quite an opposite impression.

There are parts the music feels rather tragic -listen from the bridge towards the finale of "It Takes A Lot To Know A Man"- but at the same time it feels euphoric as each individual song has a, dare I say, "progressive"(?) structure to it. Not that Damien Rice never done this before, e.g. "Amie" or "I Remember", but this time the climaxes are kind of the backbone of the album, streaking epic all through each song of the record. This by the way, was one of the many flaws the sophomore release 9 had, even if that album had quality tracks lots of it lacked the emotional ups and lows in which O was known for, so I am glad this is fixed and intensified in My Favorite Faded Fantasy.

It's amazing what a guy with a guitar, a piano and an orchestra behind can achieve.
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