Damien Rice releases new song 'The Greatest Bastard' – listen

Track taken from forthcoming album 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy'

Alexandra Burke's winning performance of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' on 'The X Factor' (December 13) sealed the song's canonization as a mainstream modern standard. In March 2008, Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice performed the song during Leonard Cohen's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Afterwards he said: "There's an amazing connection between sex and spirituality, and it's something Leonard Cohen hints at in that song. It's almost like a Buddhist master giving you a hint, but not the whole story." Pic: PA Photos
Damien Rice has released a new song, 'The Greatest Bastard'. Listen to it below.

As reported by Consequence of Sound, the track becomes the latest to be unveiled ahead of the singer-songwriter's upcoming album 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy'.

Rice also posted a short video of him performing 'The Greatest Bastard' on his Facebook page.

Both 'I Don't Want to Change You' and the album's title track were released last month. Produced by Rick Rubin, 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy' – due out on November 11 – marks a return to studio recording for Rice after an eight-year hiatus.

"Sometimes you have to step away from what you love in order to learn how to love it again," Rice previously commented in a statement. "For some reason I just had a feeling that I would feel comfortable being open and being me and being vulnerable with Rick."

The 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy' tracklisting is:

'Colour Me In'
'I Don't Want To Change You'
'It Takes A Lot To Know A Man'
'Long Long Way'
'Mustard Seeds'
'My Favourite Faded Fantasy'
'The Box'
'The Greatest Bastard'
'Trusty and True'

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