Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Sometimes you find the gems, and sometimes they seek you out. This one plopped through the mailbox with a note saying it reminded someone of Talk Talk--at least, that was what they thought. They were wrong; it's much bette... more »
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Sometimes you find the gems, and sometimes they seek you out. This one plopped through the mailbox with a note saying it reminded someone of Talk Talk--at least, that was what they thought. They were wrong; it's much better than that. If you can imagine Nick Drake arranged by The Blue Nile, you'll have a pretty good idea where Duncan's coming from. And while that may not be the most cheerful place in the world--the overwhelming shade of the album seems to be blue--it produces some lovely songs. Sheik has one of those husky, whispery voices that makes emotions almost transparent, and the spare arrangements that frame it are like windows. Sounds airy, I know, but it's true. And since his songs happen to be damn good, the view, thought bleak, is one you can't take your eyes from. While there may never be a new Nick Drake, in Duncan Sheik there might just be a worthy heir. --Chris Nickson
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Jason Stein | San Diego, CA United States | 03/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I see the reviewers can't decide what this cd is. I see Duncan Sheik as a generous artist. This debut is stunning. So heartfelt is his singing and songwriting, it's a moving cd. Few musicians have the ability to write and sing emotionally intimate songs, but Duncan, trained from childhood as a musician, is brilliant. His second cd is just as good, but I decided to review his debut instead. Just listen to songs such as "She Runs Away", "In The Absence Of Sun", "Barely Breathing", "Reasons For Living", "Days Go By", "November" and "Home" and you'd have to try hard not to understand him. This is a sad, moody recording, but it's brilliant just the same. Few artists can evoke a mood and stay with it for an entire cd. His second cd, Humming is not as sad, and he even shows off his wit in songwriting. I believe Duncan Sheik will be around a long time if the record company doesn't drop him because his sales aren't what they want. Even so, perhaps he'll go to an idependent label and continue his career. Both Duncan Sheik and Humming are must haves for any rock collector."
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Dustin Weese | Great Bend, KS USA | 03/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though this will probably not be seen, I thought it would be cool to write something nice about the cd and artist that has changed my life. I first heard Duncan with the song Barely Breathing... it took me about two years after to finally break down and buy the cd. I was totally blown away when I heard the cd. I am amazed how beautiful and meaningful Mr. Sheik can write. It inspired me to start writing folk-rock. That will probably be the musical genre I will forever play. I was a musician before hand but this turned everything upside down. I always thought to illistrate sadness I have to use distorted guitars... not according to Duncan. Every song no the cd is a perfect portrail of an emotion. I love it. I don't know what to say if you like blah blah you should buy this... all I can say is, no cd collection would ever be complete without this cd, period. Get it, listen to it, live it. It's freaking great."