O is Damien Rice's first studio album, originally released on 1 February 2002, in Ireland and in the United Kingdom. The album is dedicated to Rice's friend Mic Christopher, who died of a head injury in 2001.
Rice wanted to make the album without the backing of a major record label, believing if he signed such a deal it would compromise his future work, forcing him to move in directions he did not wish to.
The video for the song "Volcano" charted in the United States on VH1's Top 20 Video countdown in October 2003.
Track listing Edit
All songs written and composed by Damien Rice.
- The Blower's Daughter
- Older Chests
- Cheers Darlin'
- Cold Water
- I Remember
- Silent Night
Release history Edit
After the album's initial release and success, it was repackaged several times with additional material
- 2003 – with bonus DVD
- 2004 – with extra track "Cannonball" (Remix)
- 2004 – double album pack: O and B-Sides
- 2005 – with extra tracks "Cannonball" (Remix) and "Unplayed Piano"
- Damien Rice – Vocals, piano, guitar, percussion, clarinet, production
- Lisa Hannigan – Backing vocals, lead vocals on "Silent Night" (hidden track), piano
- Vyvienne Long – Cello
- Mark Kelly – Electric guitar, production
- Shane Fitzsimons – Bass guitar
- Tom Osander aka Tomo – Percussion, drums
- Caroline "Caz" Fogerty – Djembe
- Doreen Curran – Mezzo soprano vocals on "Eskimo"
- Nicholas Dodd – Conducting
- Colm Mac Con Iomaire – Violin
- Conor Donovan – Timpani, percussion
- Jean Meunier – Improvisation, piano