Duncan Sheik (album)

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Duncan Sheik
Studio album by Duncan Sheik
Released June, 1996
Recorded Prêcy-sur-Oise, France
Metropolis Studios
London, England
Genre Rock, Pop, Alternative
Length 52:08
Label Atlantic
Producer Rupert Hine
Duncan Sheik chronology
Duncan Sheik
(1996)
Humming
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C+[2]
Robert Christgau C[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[5]

Duncan Sheik is the self-titled debut by American singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik. It was released on Atlantic Records in 1996.

Recording[edit]

Sheik recorded around thirty songs with producer Rupert Hine for this album while working out a deal with Atlantic (who took over his previous contract from Immortal Records), which left around 18 tracks unheard from these sessions. The only outtake from the album which saw light, "View From The Other Side", was released as a b-side in 1997.

Release[edit]

The album was met with commercial success and favorable reviews. Gold-certified, it featured the Grammy-nominated hit single "Barely Breathing", which stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for a record breaking 55 (consecutive) weeks.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written by Duncan Sheik, except where noted.
  1. "She Runs Away" – 3:43
  2. "In the Absence of Sun" – 5:05
  3. "Barely Breathing" – 4:15
  4. "Reasons for Living" – 4:31
  5. "Days Go By" – 4:48
  6. "Serena" – 4:43 (Fran Banish, Sheik)
  7. "Out of Order" – 4:30
  8. "November" – 4:56
  9. "Home" – 4:48
  10. "The End of Outside" – 4:45
  11. "Little Hands" – 6:04 (Banish, Sheik)

Personnel[edit]

  • Duncan Sheik: Vocals (Lead, Harmony & Backing), Acoustic, Electric, 12-String & Nylon Rhythm Guitars, Ebow, Keyboards, Piano, Organ, Sampling, Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming, Accordion
  • Fran Banish: Electric Lead & Slide Guitars
  • Howard Jones: Outro Piano on "Reasons For Living"
  • Rupert Hine: Percussion, Backing Vocals, Keyboards
  • Milo DeCruz, Pino Palladino: Bass
  • Jean-Michel Biger: Drums, Percussion
  • Strings by The London Session Orchestra; led by Gavyn Wright; directed by Minnie Matt & Gavyn Wright. Arranged & Conducted by Simon Hale
  • Ruadhri Cushnan, Stephen W. Taylor, Cyrille de Smet: Recording engineer
  • Stephen W. Taylor: Mixing
  • Tony Cousins: Mastering
  • Julian Broad: Photography
  • Richard Bates: Art Direction
  • Allen Hori: Design

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