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Covers 80's

Duncan Sheik

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Duncan Sheik pays tribute to his adolescence with a trip back to the ‘80s, expanding on an earlier EP of covers. His choices are from college radio of the era. Depeche Mode (“Stripped”), Thompson Twins (“Hold Me Now"), New Order (“Love Vigilantes”) and Howard Jones (“What Is Love?”) are reinterpreted without their supersized reverbs and overactive synthesizers and brought back to acoustic guitar and voice with modest backup. They sound very much like latter day Duncan Sheik songs with his flat, dry vocal tone surfing the notes without injury. The Cure’s “Kyoto Song” receives a more dramatic backing but still many miles from Robert Smith’s doomscapes. The Smiths’ “William, It Was Really Nothing” sounds more like a folk song than the tease it was in Morrissey’s hands. Talk Talk’s “Life’s What You Make It” comes closer to the sound of a Mark Hollis solo album. The Blue Nile’s “Stay” traps Sheik in a small room with vague interplanetary transmissions trying to break through. It’s a nicely crafted labor of love.

Customer Reviews

AMAZING!!!

If you love Duncan and great 80's alt-pop...BUY THIS! Great versions of songs I already loved. I couldn't be happier with any album. Truly worth every penny.

Incredible

Recording is reminiscent of Phantom Moon. Incredible songs, great ambient feel, pure pop brilliance!

Reappropriation of classics

This album is a more than just covers: it's about making cult classics anew, as they were never heard before. Sheik infuses these songs with his own bardo-trobadour pazazz. He appropriates these songs with mastery.

Biography

Born: November 18, 1969 in Montclair, NJ

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Alternative singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik premiered in mid-1996 when Atlantic released his self-titled debut album. With an appearance on the soundtrack to the TV hit ER, Sheik became somewhat well known in alternative circles. Born in 1970, Duncan Sheik grew up in South Carolina but spent many of his early years living with his grandparents in New Jersey. Inspired to play the piano while there, he later moved to electric guitar and performed in bands throughout high school. While studying at Brown...
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