“My Favourite Faded Fantasy,” the title track from Damien Rice’s first album in eight years, promised an epic scope and artful arrangements. “I Don’t Want To Change You,” the album’s first official single, affirms that the Rick Rubin-produced project will shoot for the moon. It’s exactly the sort of earnest, emotional ballad Rice made his name on, yet it somehow seems more dignified that the bleeding-heart outpourings of his youth, as if he’s finding strength in the midst of his fragility. Hear the song, and watch a teaser for its forthcoming video, below.
My Favourite Faded Fantasy is out 11/11 on Warner Brothers.