My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2014 Ratings: #236 / 845
User Score
Based on 116 ratings
2014 Ratings: #42
November 11, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Time Out London

The whole album is both hauntingly intimate and intensely epic – it moves from timid guitar and cracked, uncertain vocals to swelling magnificence; a giant orchestral wave crashing against an unseen shore, with Rice howling stunningly heart-wrenching lyrics above it all. 

90
Drowned in Sound

The presence of Rick Rubin brings the expected studio nous but Rice meets him in earnest, his arrangements often bewitching and sometimes extraordinary.

90
Sputnikmusic

My Favourite Faded Fantasy is one of the most outright depressing yet simultaneously beautiful records of 2014. 

83
Consequence of Sound

While his style remains inconsistent and his lyrics can verge on cheesy, the music never gets stale. Each word is sung like the weight of his world depends on it.

80
DIY

This record still feels raw, it still feels intimate, but a little more bold in its sentiments. It’s in those moments of bravery and risk that Rice still stands worthy of his heart-wrenching troubadour title.

80
musicOMH

Although there are only eight tracks on My Favourite Faded Fantasy, there’s a pleasing breadth of ambition to most of them – Rice and Rubin really give these tracks room to grow and develop.

80
AllMusic

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.

78
Paste

These are rich songs, meant to be savored and taken in with repeated listens.

60
Slant Magazine

Although it has neither O’s daring queering of singer-songwriter tropes nor the bitter energy of 9, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, if rarely surprising, is Rice’s most sonically cohesive album to date.

40
NOW Magazine

Where O was direct, raw and sober – cold and real in its confessional heartbreak – MFFF is aimlessly wistful and therefore more difficult to connect with.

40
FLOOD Magazine

My Favourite Faded Fantasy comes with the kind of self-reflection that only time can provide, but doesn’t have the musical innovation that the time away should have provided.

Starr
100
This is fucking amazing!
99
This album is hauntingly and extrem accurancy !
SeaBass
82
He's digesting pain and giving us great sounding music. Give me more!
dabreuc
85
Fantastic comeback album from one of my all-time favourite folk singers.
raymon
74
What makes this album pleasant to listen to is the lush arrangements which give the songs an epic feeling. However, Damien's lyrics are very typical and become predictable. It sounds rather extraordinary after a couple listens, but it can become rather boring and cheesy after a while.
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Added on: September 15, 2014