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Damien Rice: From 'O' to '9' in Four Years

Damien Rice.
Damien Rice.
Damien Rice in Studio on World Cafe - 01/23/2007

At once spare and elegant, with an equal flair for whisper-quiet simplicity and orchestral bombast, Damien Rice's music conveys emotional intensity and straightforward beauty at the same time.

Rice grew up in Ireland, where he was inspired by music and painting from an early age. Once a member of the moderately successful Irish indie-rock group Juniper, Rice left the band to wander around Europe for a year before returning to Ireland to pursue a solo career. He scraped together a demo, which was discovered by David Arnold, a producer for the likes of Bjork and Paul Oakenfold.

In 2002, Arnold assisted Rice in recording his debut release, the ambitious and enormously rewarding O. The disc was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful in Europe and North America, where its atmospheric songs became a staple of TV and movie soundtracks. Rice's latest album, the similarly lovely 9, was released in November.

This segment originally aired on Jan. 23, 2007.

Copyright 2007 XPN

David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.
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