Whispers

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
British singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg, otherwise known as Passenger, continues exploring the broader sonic palette he developed on 2012's All the Little Lights with his sixth studio album, 2014's Whispers. As he did last time, Rosenberg once again teamed up with All the Little Lights producer Chris Vallejo. Together, they deliver a batch of evocative acoustic folk and indie pop songs that are often expanded with orchestral flourishes. That said, Rosenberg's main instrument of choice here is still the acoustic guitar, and all the songs on Whispers retain the Brighton-based artist's core intimacy. Influenced by both traditional British folk and more modern ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
British singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg, otherwise known as Passenger, continues exploring the broader sonic palette he developed on 2012's All the Little Lights with his sixth studio album, 2014's Whispers. As he did last time, Rosenberg once again teamed up with All the Little Lights producer Chris Vallejo. Together, they deliver a batch of evocative acoustic folk and indie pop songs that are often expanded with orchestral flourishes. That said, Rosenberg's main instrument of choice here is still the acoustic guitar, and all the songs on Whispers retain the Brighton-based artist's core intimacy. Influenced by both traditional British folk and more modern singer/songwriters, Rosenberg's work here falls somewhere between the earnest classicism of Mumford & Sons and the contemporary pop of Ed Sheeran. Vocally, he has a distinctively poignant chirp of a voice that sounds something akin to an elf who stayed up all night smoking, drinking, and sharing stories with friends. Which isn't to say he sounds wizened, just world-weary and steeped in a kind of twee ennui. Whether he's singing about growing older ("27") or delving into a poetic allegory about loneliness ("Bullets"), Rosenberg has a knack for intimate revelations that still read as universal. He also has a gift for melody, and cuts like the melancholy "Heart's on Fire" and the similarly hushed "Rolling Stone," with its Van Morrison-esque woodwind backgrounds, are pleasantly enjoyable songs, perfect for introspective listening on warm summer afternoons. Ultimately, with Whispers, Rosenberg has crafted an album of sweet, hummable anthems for tender-hearted troubadours everywhere.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2014
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003101226
  • Catalog Number: 542887
  • Sales rank: 5,911

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Coins in a Fountain (3:04)
  2. 2 27 (3:20)
  3. 3 Heart's on Fire (4:13)
  4. 4 Bullets (3:24)
  5. 5 Golden Leaves (4:07)
  6. 6 Thunder (2:25)
  7. 7 Rolling Stone (3:22)
  8. 8 Start a Fire (4:21)
  9. 9 Whispers (4:02)
  10. 10 Riding to New York (5:02)
  11. 11 Scare Away the Dark (4:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Passenger Primary Artist
Tim Hart Mandolin
Tony Azzopardi Hand Percussion
Dan Dugmore Pedal Steel Guitar
James Greening Clarinet, Saxophone
Cameron Undy Electric Bass
Glen Hannah Electric Guitar
Marianne Broadfoot Violin
Stu Hunter Piano, Glockenspiel, fender rhodes
Stu Larsen Background Vocals
Mike Rosenberg Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Kerry Martin Violin
Jess Ciampa Hand Percussion
Chris Vallejo Mellotron
Geraldine Hollett Background Vocals
Phil Churchill Background Vocals
Andrew Dale Background Vocals
The Once Background Vocals
Alex Boneham Electric Bass, Contrabass (Vocal)
Nick Garbett Trombone, Trumpet
Georgia Mooney Background Vocals
Matthew Keegan Brass, Woodwind
Shelley Sorenson Viola
Rowena Macneish Cello
Peter Martin Drums
Technical Credits
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Dave Rowland Engineer
Mike Rosenberg Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Chris Vallejo Producer, Engineer
The Enigma Quartet String Section
Matthew Keegan Brass Arrangment, Woodwind Arrangement
Nicholas Buch String Arrangements
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