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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A dalliance with Broadway reinvigorated Duncan Sheik, winning him a Tony and opening up the new artistic avenues he pursues on Whisper House, his first album since the award-winning production of Spring Awakening and his 2006 LP, White Limousine. Whisper House falls somewhere between those two extremes, being a dramatic piece that plays a lot like a classic '70s singer/songwriter album, especially when the opener, "It's Better to Be Dead," unfolds quietly yet dramatically in the tradition of early Elton John. Whisper House rarely gets this grand, either in its production or its intent. It's an intimate affair, with the many duets with singer/songwriter Holly ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A dalliance with Broadway reinvigorated Duncan Sheik, winning him a Tony and opening up the new artistic avenues he pursues on Whisper House, his first album since the award-winning production of Spring Awakening and his 2006 LP, White Limousine. Whisper House falls somewhere between those two extremes, being a dramatic piece that plays a lot like a classic '70s singer/songwriter album, especially when the opener, "It's Better to Be Dead," unfolds quietly yet dramatically in the tradition of early Elton John. Whisper House rarely gets this grand, either in its production or its intent. It's an intimate affair, with the many duets with singer/songwriter Holly Brook playing like overheard conversations, but as carefully considered as the narrative is, what makes Whisper House work is that it functions as a pop album. It can be broken up into small, digestible pieces -- the ten tunes are either delicate folk numbers or surprisingly sprightly pop tunes -- and it can be appreciated as a concise collection of catchy straightforward songs that build upon each other. Indeed, among Sheik's albums this ranks among the best, showcasing his subtle skills and sense of quiet adventure in ways his sometimes fussy earlier records never did.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • Label: Rca Victor
  • UPC: 886974042624
  • Catalog Number: 740426

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duncan Sheik Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
John Barclay Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet
Gerry Leonard Guitar, Track Performer
Simon Hale Conductor
Richard Watkins French Horn
Nick Bucknall Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Chalumeau
Kevin Garcia Percussion, Drums
Holly Brook Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Duncan Sheik Composer, Producer
Simon Hale Brass Arrangment, Wind Arrangements, Woodwind Arrangement
Mike Tudor Engineer
Niall Acott String Arrangements
Klaus Lyngeled Illustrations
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Hope this makes it to the stage!

    After falling in love with Spring Awakening, this is a very welcome follow up from Sheik. The score is incredibly melodic and irresistable. Indeed, I like it even more than Spring. Sheik really does have a flair for musical theater, and this concept album proves just that. This is one of only a small handful of albums I can listen to without skipping over any track. HIGHLY suggest buying this to add to your collection whether you are a fan of Sheik or musical theater!

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