= Mellow Melancholy Music
Reviewer: The Rebecca Review
What I am to you is not real
What I am to you you do not need
What I am to you is not what you mean to me
You give me miles and miles of mountains
and I'll ask for the sea
Within this melancholy land of thoughts and brightness
filling empty space, a voice cries out in search of love.
If Volcanoes melt you down, this song will melt you into a
realization that at times your desires may be flooding out into
the world, while the heat of your passions leave others cold.
They are like the cold oceans solidifying the volcanic flow and
you tend to have to keep climbing mountains instead of flowing
freely as the passionate soul you were meant to be. At least
this song had this meaning for me.
I have no idea what the rest of the song means, but does that
matter? I have what I need from the song. For me it is about the
desperate search for meaning and for wanting to be real in the
eyes of the person you love the most in the world.
Damien Rice is a singer/songwriter from County Kildare,
Ireland. What is it about Damien Rice’s voice that makes us
melt with him in spirit? Is it the dreamy way he says:
“can’t take my eyes off of you” or the pure sensitivity,
longing and almost delicate vulnerability in the way the song
takes off into “"Did I say that I want you to?” Lisa
Hanningan is obviously part of the haunting qualities and when
their voices mingle, it is magical.
The lyrics in “Older Chests” are some of my favorites
because they paint pictures for me in my mind. I love when
Damien says: “Read me Your favorite Lines” or “Pass me By,
I’ll be fine.” There is a sense of timelessness, a sense of
“Cold Water” is rather chilling at first and reminds me
of a scene from Titanic. I’m not so sure I am comfortable with
how slowly the song is paced at one point, yet it takes off
again rather quickly. It is beautiful if you put it in
perspective and know it was influenced by a monk who composed
Gregorian chants in an abbey in the south of France.
“I Remember” is intense in comparison to the rest of the
album, the volume of pain at times deafening. This is the most
difficult, yet most exciting selection.
If you are depressed while listening to this CD, Damien’s
lyrics are going to be much more meaningful. Yet there is beauty
in the depths.
Eskimo is at first hidden in a cool plateau of calm moments.
As if you were literally sitting on ice waiting for this song to
take off into echoes when Doreen Curran sings the last verse in
Intuit. How could one have expected this song to explain the
title of the album? For me, it does.
For listening when you are down, down, down. Then the cycle
begins again. The cycle of relationships, the cycle of life, the
cycle of love and loss. Never expect normality, “O” is the
cycle of life.