Phantom Moon

Phantom Moon

by Duncan Sheik


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Phantom Moon

Duncan Sheik is in many ways the anti-Nick Drake -- a man-about-town, extroverted pretty boy, whereas the late Mr. Drake was a tragically shy, sullen introvert. But this hasn't stopped Sheik from trying to become more like his musical idol. Sheik has been known to play an entire set of Drake's Pink Moon LP with Irish guitarist Gerry Leonard, and while he does team up with Leonard and New York playwright Steven Sater for the collaborative Phantom Moon, the result sounds more like the '70s soft rock of John Denver or Bread than Drake's melancholy musings. The 13 mellow songs on Phantom Moon are cast in both minimal and orchestral arrangements. The lyrics are sometimes poetic, but at times they don't quite work: "They were young / They were fair / They brushed their bronze and dusky hair," sings Sheik in the standout track, "Sad Stephen's Song"; such lyrics may have been easier to pull off back in the rainbows-and-unicorns decade, but in the new millennium they seem a bit pretentious. Still, fans of Sheik will want to hear his attempt at extreme melancholy -- until his third pop album arrives. All the elements of sad ballads are in place (many of the lyrics are actually taken from Sater's play Umbrage), except for Sheik's naturally un-sad voice.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/27/2001
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597961423
catalogNumber: 79614

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duncan Sheik   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Glockenspiel,Harmonium,Vocals,Bells,Guitar (Tenor)
Jon Anderson   Oboe
Roger Chase   Viola
Mino Cinelu   Percussion,Drums
Andy Findon   Flute
Bill Frisell   Electric Guitar
Garfield Jackson   Viola
Martin Loveday   Cello
Rita Manning   Violin
Gavyn Wright   Violin,Concert Master
Gerry Leonard   Dulcimer,Banjo,Dobro,Guitar
Simon Hale   Conductor
Mary Scully   Bass
Tony Pleeth   Cello
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Rolf Wilson   Violin
Richard Watkins   French Horn
Simon Fischer   Violin
Matt Johnson   Drums,Tamboura
Nicholas Rodwell   Clarinet
Julie Andrews   Bassoon
David Woodcock   Violin
Jeff Allen   Double Bass,Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
Kevin Killen   Engineer
Tommy Krasker   Producer
Duncan Sheik   Composer,Producer
Simon Hale   Arranger
Mike Tudor   Computer Engineering
Steve Mazur   Engineer
Niall Acott   Engineer
Ruadhri Cushnan   Engineer
Todd Parker   Engineer
Beck Henderer-Pena   Engineer
Tom Jenkins   Engineer
Steve Sater   Composer

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