Confessional singer/songwriter Damien Rice's acoustic offerings are no ordinary chill-out tunes. His new album 9 is darkly alluring, yet filled with enough emotion to move you to tears. The Irish musician made a name for himself after releasing O, a collection of tuneful tracks including the phenomenal success The Blower's Daughter from the movie Closer. His long-time collaborators, vocalist Lisa Hannigan and cellist Vyvienne Long, are back on 9. Rice's whispery voice and Hannigan's fragile backing vocals are perfectly matched in The Animals Were Gone, their voices melting over the mournful cello. Although most of the songs are quiet and introspective, there are moments of fury that you rarely find on Rice's previous recordings. For example, in Me, My Yoke and I, Rice yells hysterically over the wailing guitars. The album is so poignant, it will make your heart hurt. Fortunately it ends peacefully with closing track Sleep, Don't Weep. Rice's whispering is so soothing, that makes you fall asleep smiling. If you were touched by O, then 9 won't disappoint. It's darker, but hasn't lost any of Rice's enchantment.