The Spinners

O (Damien Rice, 2002)

In British, Folk, Indie Rock, Janina Vistan on January 19, 2010 at 5:13 am

Damien Rice could have written the most depressing songs in the universe. When I first listened to his debut album, O, I was completely moved. I was neither depressed nor heartbroken at that time, but there is something about the music, the playing of the violin and the cello, and the sharp sound of Rice’s guitar, that made me shed a tear or two. One can conclude that Damien Rice’s heart was broken when he wrote these songs. His songs (“Delicate”, “Volcano”) tell a story of a guy who falls in love with a girl, but does not get the love he expects in return. In the song, “Cheers Darlin’”, the man sings as he’s drunk and devastated over his lover who loves another man. He expresses his hatred toward his lover, who’s still swimming inside his head. He tries to move on, but finds it hard to do so. This story may be familiar to many people who are not lucky enough in love; but despite the sadness, there is a sense of intimacy and hope in his lyrics. A hope that one day, one will be able to move on and find true love.

– Janina Vistan

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