Damien Rice is an Irish singer, songwriter and producer who released his second studio album, 9, in 2006. The album was a critical and commercial success, earning a gold certification in the UK and reaching the top 10 in several countries. The album featured Rice's distinctive blend of folk rock, acoustic guitar, piano, cello and vocals, as well as collaborations with Lisa Hannigan, Vyvienne Long, Tom Osander and Shane Fitzsimons.
The album's lead single, \"9 Crimes\", was a haunting duet with Hannigan that explored themes of guilt, betrayal and forgiveness. The song was accompanied by a striking animated video directed by Jamie Thraves. The song was also featured in the soundtrack of the film Shrek the Third and the TV series Grey's Anatomy. Other singles from the album included \"Rootless Tree\", \"Dogs\" and \"Elephant\".
9 showcased Rice's versatility as a songwriter and producer, ranging from intimate ballads to energetic rockers. The album also contained hidden tracks and experimental sounds, such as the sound of resonating wine glasses at the end of \"Sleep Don't Weep\". Rice recorded and mixed the album himself with a home studio in various locations in Ireland and Los Angeles.
9 received mixed reviews from critics, some of whom praised Rice's emotional honesty and musical craftsmanship, while others criticized his lyrics as clichÃd or self-indulgent. However, fans and listeners embraced the album as a powerful and personal expression of Rice's artistic vision. 9 remains one of Rice's most popular and influential albums to date.
Sheeran has often cited Rice as one of his main influences, along with Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Eminem. He even covered Rice's song \"Cannonball\" on his debut EP The Orange Room in 2005. Like Rice, Sheeran has a knack for creating catchy melodies and poignant lyrics that resonate with listeners. He also shares Rice's DIY ethos and willingness to experiment with different sounds and genres.
However, Sheeran has also surpassed Rice in terms of popularity and ambition. While Rice's second album 9 was a darker and more complex follow-up to his breakthrough debut, it also marked the end of his collaboration with Hannigan and the beginning of a long hiatus from music. Sheeran, on the other hand, has continued to release albums at a steady pace, each one expanding his musical palette and reaching new audiences. He has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, from Taylor Swift and BeyoncÃ to Stormzy and Justin Bieber. He has also become one of the most successful live performers of his generation, selling out stadiums around the world with just his guitar and loop pedal.
Sheeran's new album Subtract is expected to be his most personal and intimate work yet. He has described it as a \"coming-of-age record\" that reflects on his journey from a struggling musician to a global superstar, as well as his experiences of fatherhood, marriage and mental health. He has also hinted that it will be his last album for a while, as he plans to take a break from music and focus on his family. Whether Subtract will be another chart-topping smash or a more subdued affair remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: Sheeran has already cemented his place in pop history as one of the most original and influential singer-songwriters of his generation.
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