Irish singer/songwriter Damien Rice has been fading back into view for the first time in eight years with the announcement of his forthcoming album My Favourite Faded Fantasy
. The record's name smells faintly of Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
, which might seem like a reach if not for the fact that Rick Rubin, West's collaborator on the record, produced the LA recordings for Rice's Fantasy
. It may seem an odd coupling, but Rubin hasn't pulled Rice in any misdirections.
Rice has released "The Greatest Bastard," his third track in anticipation of My Favourite Faded Fantasy
. Unlike "I Don't Want To Change You
," and the album's title track, both of which build to very different moments of orchestral grandiose, "The Greatest Bastard" wallows in the instrumental shallows, letting Rice's voice carry the emotionality. It's gentle sharpness puts it in the running for this album's reincarnation of Rice's bare-boned and bloody-hearted track, "The Blower's Daughter."
Listen to the full cut of "The Greatest Bastard" followed by a clip:
Eight years is a long time. In case you had forgotten the clarity with which Rice can make you swallow your heart, remind yourself:
My Favourite Faded Fantasy
is due out November 10th, pre order it via iTunes