Phantom Moon

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Phantom Moon
Studio album by Duncan Sheik
Released February 27, 2001
Genre Rock, acoustic
Label Nonesuch
Producer Duncan Sheik
Duncan Sheik chronology
Humming
(1998)
Phantom Moon
(2001)
Daylight
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly B [2]
People (favorable) [3]
PopMatters 8/10 stars [4][5]
The Portland Phoenix 3/4 stars [6]
Q 3/5 stars [7]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars [8]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars [9]
Wall of Sound (64/100) [10]

Phantom Moon is the third album by American singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik. It was released on Nonesuch Records in 2001.

Recording[edit]

The album was a collaboration between Sheik and poet/playwright Steven Sater, who wrote the lyrics for the album. Phantom Moon is considered a tribute of sorts to Nick Drake and his album Pink Moon. The album features contributions from the London Session Orchestra, and from guitarist Bill Frisell. In addition, percussion is very spare, which helped create a mood of contemplation and spirituality that supports the lyrical content.

Release[edit]

The album was met with little commercial success, but favorable reviews. Review aggregating website Metacritic reports a normalized score of 76% based based on 7 reviews.[5] According to Allmusic, Phantom Moon is "easily Sheik's strongest, and most mature record to date". Rolling Stone wrote that the album "casts a lovely, languid shadow", while The New York Times wrote that it is "an album of moods to set you drifting and dreaming".[11] Entertainment Weekly noted the album's "intimate lamentations", adding, "with one's feet up and headphones on, the strings suddenly shimmer, and the warm vocals soothe".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Steven Sater & Duncan Sheik.

  1. "The Wilderness" (Prelude) – 1:24
  2. "Longing Town" – 3:27
  3. "Mr. Chess" – 2:38
  4. "The Winds That Blow" – 3:04
  5. "Mouth on Fire" – 5:37
  6. "Sad Stephen's Song" – 6:28
  7. "Time and Good Fortune" – 4:43
  8. "Far Away" – 4:32
  9. "This Is How My Heart Heard" – 4:13
  10. "A Mirror in the Heart" – 4:08
  11. "Lo and Behold" – 5:13
  12. "Requiescat" – 3:58
  13. "The Wilderness" – 4:24

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jurek, Thom (2001-02-27). "Phantom Moon - Duncan Sheik". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  2. ^ Beth Johnson (2001-03-02). "Album Review: 'Phantom Moon' Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  3. ^ Alec Foege; Ralph Novak (2001-03-12). "Picks and Pans Review: Phantom Moon". People. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  4. ^ Eden Miller (2001-02-26). "Duncan Sheik: Phantom Moon". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  5. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Phantom Moon". Metacritic. 2001-02-27. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  6. ^ Mikael Wood (March 15–22, 2001). "Duncan Sheik: PHANTOM MOON (Nonesuch)". The Portland Phoenix. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  7. ^ "Duncan Sheik - Phantom Moon CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  8. ^ Barry Walters (2001-02-05). "Duncan Sheik: Phantom Moon : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  9. ^ Edna Gundersen (2001-03-06). "Eve's tempting rap stings; Sheik's artsy pop doesn't (Duncan Sheik, Phantom Moon)". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  10. ^ Kurt B. Reighly (2001). "Wall of Sound Review: Phantom Moon". Wall of Sound. Archived from the original on 2001-03-03. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  11. ^ "MUSIC; A Throwback To the Poets Of Melancholy - New York Times". The New York Times. 2001-03-11. Retrieved 2012-09-20.