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And it all depends on how I translate that in here [pointing to his head]." At this point, his sister Fiona - who is part of his management team - appears to tell him he needs to eat before the showcase. "Let's say I get called a 'selfish, arrogant asshole'. 'Selfish' comes into my life now and I count all the times I was selfish.I count all the times I was arrogant - so many times. And I start smiling and think, 'This person is so right: I am a selfish, arrogant asshole - sometimes.Earlier, in a comfortable room in the attic of the Idno Theatre in Reykjavik, I ask Rice where he has been for the past eight years. I got to a place where, in all honesty, I got a little bit arrogant and felt that I knew what I was doing, but really I was using that as a buffer to the world, because underneath I had no fucking idea what I was doing and I was kind of lost." He fixes his brilliant blue eyes on me and continues: "My relationships with the people in the band were starting to disintegrate.
It is in this very space that Sigur Ros made some of their finest albums.
They are, he says, simply the ones he enjoys listening to most, irrespective of what his "friends and management" think.
"There are a bunch of songs that I think are beautiful recordings and I'm proud of them," he adds, "but I've no interest in listening to them." This is the first Damien Rice album not to feature Lisa Hannigan.
And if I'm not happy in that situation, then I become a miserable, unappreciative git. I would beat myself up, going 'there's something wrong with you, you don't appreciate anything, look at you, you're just spoilt'." Everything came to a head during the tour in support of 9 when his relationship with girlfriend and collaborator Lisa Hannigan unravelled spectacularly and in a very public fashion. Anything I'd record, I didn't like." It took a process of self-analysis to reach the point where he could become a musician again.
"I felt like I had crashed and burned mentally," he says, resignedly. "I focused on fixing the things that had caused the crash in the first place.