My Favourite Faded Fantasy

My Favourite Faded Fantasy

by Damien RiceDamien Rice


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0825646233502
catalogNumber: 1057932
Rank: 165119

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Damien Rice   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Clarinet,Percussion,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Pump Organ,Sounds
James Gadson   Drums
Earl Harvin   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Victor Indrizzo   Drums
Deron Johnson   Piano,Hammond Organ
Rónán Ó Snodaigh   Background Vocals,Bodhran
Joel Shearer   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Celeste,Chimes,Cymbals,Glockenspiel,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Tambourine,Bells,Vibes,Shaker,cuatro,Wurlitzer,Sounds,Crotale
David Rawlings   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Colm Ó Snodaigh   tin whistle
Sveinbjarnardóttir   Violin,Viola
Frank Aarnink   Cymbals,Gong,Timpani
Zac Rae   Piano,Hammond Organ,Vibes,electronic percussion,Wurlitzer,Tack Piano
Shahzad Ismaily   Cymbals,Drums,Bass Guitar,Hammond Organ,Moog Synthesizer,Shaker,cowbell,Floor Tom,Crotale
Tina Dico   Background Vocals
Gyða Valtýsdóttir   Cello,Background Vocals
Emil Friðfinnsson   French Horn
Cora Venus Lunny   Violin,Viola,Background Vocals
Markéta Irglová   Piano,Vocals
Andrew Heringer   Background Vocals
Helgi Jonsson   Trombone,Background Vocals
Borgar Magnason   Double Bass
Alex Somers   Bass,Bass Drums,Harp,Sampling
Bryndis Halla Gylfadottir   Cello
Emil Fridfinnsson   French Horn
Solrún Sumarlidadottir   Cello
Júlía Mogensen   Cello
Sturla Mio Þórisson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Magnús Trygvason Eliassen   Drums
Marlana Sheetz   Background Vocals
Robbie Arnett   Background Vocals
Anna Antonsson   Fonts

Technical Credits

Rick Rubin   Producer
Joel Shearer   Producer,Engineer
Gillian Welch   Engineer
David Rawlings   Engineer
Damien Rice   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Chris Steffen   Engineer
Karl Odlum   Engineer
Jason Lader   Engineer
Cora Venus Lunny   Engineer
Kári Sturluson   Advisor
Alex Somers   Engineer
Sean Oakley   Engineer
Sturla Mio Þórisson   Engineer,Contributor
Birgir Jón Birgisson   Engineer
Joshua Sieh   Engineer
Anna Antonsson   Graphic Design
Escif   Artwork

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