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With “Barely Breathing,” Duncan Sheik emerged as an energetic pop songwriter perfectly in step with the sleek sound of the mid-90s. However, listening to the textures of his 1996 debut album, it was apparent that Sheik had grander musical ambitions than just undeniably catchy pop hits. This two-CD collection, named after his musical hero, the late English folk-recluse Nick Drake’s second album, is allegedly split into two halves in order to show both the ‘pop’ and the ‘somber’ artistic side of Sheik’s career. But the ‘pop’ or ‘brighter’ side is tempered with many meditative pieces and it’s readily obvious where this songwriter’s heart rests. His previously unreleased cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Court and Spark” flows perfectly into the introspective beauty of the ‘international version’ of “Lost on the Moon” from 2002’s Daylight. Add in three tracks from his splendid collaboration with playwright Steven Sater, 2001’s Phantom Moon, and the first disc is very much a complete sampling of Sheik’s artistic range. The second disc is even moodier, adding four more from Phantom Moon and the more ethereal tunes from his other three studio albums.

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Remember Elton John when you were 14 in 1976? Remember how you felt when you listened to that first beautiful piece of music that you heard of loss and want, and you cried? Remember when you heard a lyric that met that music? Duncan does it better than anyone in a decade. How mesmerising. I love this! Buy the album. Anne Marshall Brady

Absolutely Beautiful!!!

When "Barely Breathing" came out, I was automatically drawn to Duncan's sound and mood. He was a definite change in the music I listened to while in college and he was a welcome addition to my CD collection. This anthology has to be the most beautiful thing I've heard in a long time. I regret not getting his subsequent albums, but now that this has come out, I am all over it. This is all I will ever need in terms of his music and acoustic vibe. "She Runs Away" is my all time favorite. This is the perfect Sunday morning CD, to relax to, to smile to, to enjoy with someone special. I can't say much more about it.

This boy deserves a wider audience

Why Duncan Sheik is not far more well-known is beyond me. Songs like "She Runs Away," "Wishful Thinking," and "Home" should've been huge alt. rock radio hits. This is a great album for newcomers to pick up as it covers such a wide span of his career. Every time I put this album on, friends and guests ask, "Hey, who is this?" Sheik writes beautiful, soulful music that will weave its way into your heart, ears, and playlists. Do yourself a favor and pick up this album.


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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