Passenger (Lisa Hannigan album)

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Studio album by Lisa Hannigan
Released United StatesCanada 20 September 2011[1]
Republic of Ireland 7 October 2011[2]
AustraliaNew Zealand 4 November 2011[3]
Recorded Spring 2011 at Bryn Derwen Studios in North Wales
Genre Folk, indie
Label Hoop Recordings (Ireland)
Barp-ATO Records (US)
Pias (UK)
Producer Joe Henry
Lisa Hannigan chronology
Sea Sew (2008) Passenger (2011)
Singles from Passenger
  1. "Knots"
    Released: 12 September 2011

Passenger is the second and Choice Music Prize nominated album from Irish singer/songwriter Lisa Hannigan. The album was released in the US and Canada on 20 September 2011 and in the Republic of Ireland on 7 October 2011 (brought forward from the originally scheduled date, 21 October). The LP features 11 new tracks.[5]

The album was self-released in Ireland and UK through her label Hoop Records.[4] The album was released in North America through Barp-ATO Records and later for Europe in 2012 on PIAS Recordings.


Writing for the album began in late 2009 and throughout 2010 in Ireland and the US. In March 2011, Hannigan revealed the track "A Sail" as part of her "Recording Diaries" which were shot during the recording of the album in Wales.[6] Available from her YouTube page the "Recording Diaries" gave fans the opportunity to go behind the making of the new album. "A Sail" would later be released on her website in August 2011 as a free download.[7][8] The album is released in Ireland at a later date as Hannigan is on tour throughout the US in September and early October. On the track "O Sleep" it features the vocals of Ray LaMontagne.[9]


The first song available from the album "A Sail" was released as a free download in August 2011 from The first official single from the album is "Knots", this was released as a download on 12 September 2011 in Europe.[4]


No. Title Length
1. "Home"   4:56
2. "A Sail"   3:36
3. "Knots"   3:31
4. "What'll I Do"   2:51
5. "O Sleep (feat. Ray LaMontagne)"   3:26
6. "Paper House"   4:15
7. "Little Bird"   4:00
8. "Passenger"   4:17
9. "Safe Travels (Don’t Die)"   3:22
10. "Nowhere to Go"   4:08
11. "Flower (iTunes version)"   4:35

Critical reception[edit] gave the album 4/5 stars claiming that it was "difficult to resist the allure."[10] Similarly, The Scotsman gave the album 4/5 stars declaring that it is "rich and (a) rewarding listen."[11] The Irish Times gave the album another 4/5 stars.[12] On the 7Digital download service front page, Tippy Wooder, a contributor to UK music magazine The Word, described Passenger as "expanding pleasingly on the promise of Sea Sew, with journeys (emotional and actual) being a recurring theme".

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [13]
MusicOMH 4/5 stars [14]
The Scotsman 4/5 stars [15]
The Daily Telegraph 4/5 stars [16]


Lisa Hannigan's US and Canadian tour started on 27 September 2011 in Los Angeles[17] she performed for seventeen dates, on this tour. In early October she announced some European dates (beginning in the UK) and, on 13 October 2011, the remaining Irish leg of the European tour was announced.


Chart (2011) Peak
Belgian Albums Chart[18] 48
Dutch Albums Chart[19] 56
Irish Albums Chart[20] 1
Irish Independent Albums Chart[21] 1
UK Albums Chart[22] 51
U.S. Top Folk Albums[23] 12
U.S. Top Heatseekers[23] 2
U.S. Top Independent Albums[24] 32

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Republic of Ireland 7 October 2011[25] CD / Download Hoop Recordings
US & Canada 20 September 2011 CD / Download Barp-ATO Records
United Kingdom 10 October 2011 CD / Download Hoop Recordings
Australia & New Zealand 4 November 2011 CD / Download PIAS via Liberator


Passenger was nominated for the Choice Music Prize in January 2012.[26]

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 Passenger Irish Album of the Year 2011 Nominated


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  12. ^ Murphy, Lauren (7 October 2011). "Lisa Hannigan". The Irish Times. 
  13. ^ Monger, James Christopher. Album review Lisa Hannigan Passenger at AllMusic. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  14. ^ "Review-MusicOMH". 
  15. ^ "The Scotsman review". 
  16. ^ Chilton, Martin (17 October 2011). "Telegraph review". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  17. ^ http://Last.FM/music/Lisa+Hannigan/+events/2011
  18. ^ Belgian Albums Chart
  19. ^ Dutch Albums Chart
  20. ^ "Top 75 Artist Album, Week Ending 13 October 2011". Irish Recorded Music Association. Chart-Track. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  21. ^ "Top 10 Independent Artist Albums, Week Ending 13 October 2011". Chart-Track. GfK. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Lisa Hannigan UK positions". Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  23. ^ a b "Lisa Hannigan's U.S. chart history". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  24. ^ "Lisa Hannigan's U.S. chart history". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
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  26. ^ "Choice Prize Shortlist Announced". RTÉ Ten (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 11 January 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 

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