Sometimes, it takes me a while to catch on to a new band or artist. The worst cases of this are when I keep hearing a song on 6 Music, really enjoy it, but totally fail to take note of who’s signing it.

Enter Damien Rice. Someone mentioned him over on the Openhosting forums, and I decided to buy the CD. I had some vague notion that I had heard something by him and enjoyed it. Played CD, and had another one of those Homer Simpson D’oh! moments. Yes, of course I knew who it was! “Cannonball” is a song I’ve heard many times. And loved.

The sound is led by Damien’s strong vocal, and ranges from very gentle acoustic tracks to much more ott items. Worth a listen or six.