My Favourite Faded Fantasy Damien Rice
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- 1My Favourite Faded Fantasy06:12
- 2It Takes A Lot To Know A Man09:33
- 3The Greatest Bastard05:05
- 4I Don't Want To Change You05:26
- 5Colour me In05:18
- 6The Box04:27
- 7Trusty and True08:09
- 8Long Long Way06:21
Info for My Favourite Faded Fantasy
It’s been eight years and it’s finally here. Damien’s third studio album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, produced by Rick Rubin and Damien Rice. My Favourite Faded Fantasy is the third studio album by Irish singer, songwriter and producer Damien Rice.
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.
„Damien Rice doesn't do anything in a hurry. He lets his songs unfold at a deliberate, almost stately pace and he's similarly unconcerned about rushing through his career, taking a full eight years to deliver 2014's My Favourite Faded Fantasy, which amounts to only his third record in 12 years. Other artists who have experienced a similarly long gestation period return with long, overblown works, but not Rice. He teamed with Rick Rubin, the Zen master of acoustic basics, to shape an exquisitely textured collection of eight songs that runs just a hair over 50 minutes (a simultaneously released deluxe edition contains just one bonus cut). Rice doesn't greatly expand his aesthetic -- he's still equal parts Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke, cut with the sullen singer/songwriter sophistication of Nick Drake -- but refinement is Rice's signature. He whittles away the excess in his words and melody, then dresses the detailed sculpture in finely tailored accouterments of slightly sighing strings, strummed guitars, and a hint of forward momentum lying within buried rhythms. This means My Favourite Faded Fantasy may come on as a bit underwhelming at first but that's the intent: it's not designed to grab, it's designed to soothe and then slowly worm its way into the subconscious, which is where these eight songs reveal themselves to be as strong as anything else Rice has written.“ (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG)
Damien Rice, vocals, acoustic guitar
Produced by Rick Rubin, Damien Rice
"My Favourite Faded Fantasy" follows the seminal "O" which sold two million copies worldwide, won the prestigious Shortlist Prize, spent 10 weeks on the Billboard 200, spent 80 weeks on the U.K. chart -- as well as the million-selling, Brit-nominated follow-up, "9."
"Sometimes you have to step away from what you love in order to learn how to love it again," says Rice regarding the long gap between albums. Whilst fans would repeatedly ask "when?," for Rice the real question had shifted to "why make an album at all?" "My Favourite Faded Fantasy" suggests that the answer may have been staring right back at him all along. Here 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 with producer Rubin began in Los Angeles and finished up in Iceland. "I came to Rick mostly based on what I didn't know about him, rather than what I did," describes Rice. "For some reason I just had a feeling that I would feel comfortable being open and being me and being vulnerable with Rick." Rubin, meanwhile, first saw Rice play live around the release of "O," and recalls that "he was my favorite new artist at the time. A lot of our work together was to help him see what was so clear to everyone else in the room." Rice then went from Los Angeles to Iceland and assembled a cast of friends and local musicians to complete "My Favourite Faded Fantasy" against the stunning backdrop of Reykjavik.
Over the course of his 12-year solo career Rice has been called "nothing short of a complete package of art, personality and presence" (Los Angeles Times) and "the most poignant and scrappy songwriter around" (Newsweek), releasing two full-length albums, two live recordings and an EP.