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Duncan Sheik
White Limousine
Zoe Records

It's hard to believe that it's been ten years since Duncan Sheik first appeared on the scene with his amazing hit song "Barely Breathing". In the time between then and now, Sheik has given the world three additional albums that contain some of the finest down-tempo pop music that I can recall. With his new release, White Limousine, Sheik continues to purvey his exquisite talents at creating sublimely melancholy music that somehow manages to lift the soul while calming and causing reflection.

The album starts off with the eerily haunting "Hey Casanova". This track sets the standard by which the remainder of the album will be judged, and it is an incredibly high mark. With it's tremelo'd guitars and brilliant lyrics, Duncan Sheik has proven - right out of the gate - exactly the greatness of which he is capable. The delicate acoustic beauty of "The Dawn's Request" with its falsetto vocals and heavy poetry finely offsets the sonic pop of the title track. With a scrubby mid-fi rhythm and flawlessly chiming arpeggios "Nothing Fades" creates the perfect shimmering apex of hope in an otherwise moody and brooding album. "Turning the wheel to emptiness/ there when you breathe/ your final breath/ no one to hold you anymore/ but haven't they told you baby/ you're always alive". The London Session Orchestra is in fine form on "Fantastic Toys And Corduroys", fleshing out the song to its full breadth of subtle splendor. "So Gone" channels the spirit of late 60's psychedelic folk in a rather turned down manner, borrowing turns of phrase and tiny bits of melody from the greats. The six minute wonder of "Hymn" makes the album come about full circle, returning to a gloriously orchestrated pop song full of dynamics and sheer, inimitable beauty.

White Limousine is indisputably the greatest orchestral pop album of the last decade… possibly of all time. Duncan Sheik continues to build his legacy as one of the finest songwriters of the late 20th/21st century. He does it with integrity and a ton of soul - good songs that are played perfectly and produced extraordinarily. Well done!

-L. Keane

Track Listing:
1. Hey Casanova
2. I Don't Believe In Ghosts
3. White Limousine
4. Nothing Fades
5. Fantastic Toys And Corduroys
6. Shopping
7. I Wouldn't Mind
8. Land
9. Star-Field On Red Lines
10. The Dawn's Request
11. So Gone
12. Hymn

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