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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    True Talent

    I've been mild to the past two albums Sheik has created, but "Daylight" impresses again and again. Genius work, and the man has proven his talent supersedes many other performs out there. It is wowing how good this album is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mr. Sheik at his finest.

    Damn the radio. The oft-lamented claustrophobic climate of today's music business is frequently used as a trite crutch for loyal listeners of artist ABC or XYZ who will no doubt claim that "in a just world, (insert album by artist ABC or XYZ here) would be a smash hit". The flaw is that the claim is by a loyal listener, hence the message is somewhat diluted. Of COURSE, everyone should be listening to what WE think is great. My very mention of this fact may even dilute my "message" about Duncan Sheik's "Daylight". But before I dig myself an even larger credibility hole, I'll get to the point. This is one terrific rock album. Yes, I said "rock" and yes this is my review of a Duncan Sheik album. More stripped down in production than in his previous efforts, Mr. Sheik has produced one incredibly melodic, tasteful, straightforward guitar record. His lyrics are also effectively more to-the-point: "Come on, let's fall in love" may be simple, but blanketed by the yearning melody of "Half-Life", the sentiment skyrockets. "You're a beautiful girl and I want you to know it" Mr. Sheik sings in the gorgeous acoustic-only "For You". With a line delivered like this, the singer's female problems should be marked "over". His phrasing works, too. Note the the rollicking, I-screwed-up chorus of "Genius": "You don't really need to know every last detail. It's hardly worth telling." We're spared the wordy, woa-is-me that some folkie in a meadow may conjure. Instead, those who think they have a clue are sarcastically labeled "geniuses", the singer included. Again, the point. Why mince words? "Suffice to say I said that I would be there and never came through." he continues in the same song. Mr. Sheik comes shining through on "Daylight" (sorry). In a just world...oh, never mind. You know the rest. I'll spare the details.

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