enters the Billboard chart this week at #15

Spotify online listen
4.0 of 5.0 by allmusic

3rd studio album
and a first time artist album listen for me
going in with none of that preconception bs
another artist Rick Rubin puts his touch to.
first album in 8 years
very nice lyrics
small string orchestra on all tracks
percussion on only 1 track
only 8 tracks but they are long
reminds me of Bright Eyes
very slow album and very nice

artist website - http://www.damienrice.com/

Bio - from allmusic

Irish singer/songwriter Damien Rice launched his music career in the late '90s with the hard-hitting indie rock outfit Juniper. The group signed
to Polygram in 1997 and released two singles, "The World Is Dead" and "Weathermen," which did moderately well on Irish radio, but when it came
time to record a full-length album, contractual rules from the label prevented Juniper from doing so, and Rice split. After a brief respite in
Europe, Rice returned to Dublin to focus on music once again, scrounging up enough money to record a demo. He sent it to producer/film composer
David Arnold (Björk, Nina Persson, Paul Oakenfold), and luckily for him, Arnold loved it and set Rice up in his very own mobile studio to make a
record. His first single, "The Blower's Daughter," was an instant Top 20 hit when it appeared in fall 2001. Shared gigs with McAlmont & Butler
and folkie Kathryn Williams followed in summer 2002 when Rice released O in the U.K. The album hit the States in 2003, which earned the Irishman
a dedicated group of American fans in addition to his European ones, and after satiating all of them with a collection of B-sides in 2005, Rice
released his sophomore record, 9. The album featured his long-term collaborator and then-girlfriend Lisa Hannigan on backing vocals, but on the
supporting tour, they eventually split. Rice then went silent for six years without any material or shows after supporting Leonard Cohen in
Dublin in 2008, but in 2014 he announced a small show at the 25th Anniversary celebrations of Whelan's, a venue in the Irish capital. His third
studio album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, was produced by legendary American producer Rick Rubin, and was released in November 2014.

Album Review - from allmusic

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.

posted a Letterman show performance earlier
so I'll go with the title track:

Track Listing

1. My Favourite Faded Fantasy
2. It Takes a Lot to Know a Man
3. The Greatest Bastard
4. I Don't Want to Change You
5. Colour Me In
6. The Box
7. Trusty and True
8. Long Long Way