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
Singles from Tails
  1. "Barely Breathing"
    Released: November 12, 1996
  2. "She Runs Away"
    Released: 1997
  3. "Reasons for Living"
    Released: 1997
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.


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.


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)


  • Duncan Sheik: Lead Vocals (all tracks), Harmony Vocals (tracks 1,2,3,6,10), Acoustic Guitar (tracks 1,3,5,7,8,10,11), Electric Guitar (tracks 1,3,6,7,10), 12-String Guitar (track 6), Nylon String Guitar (track 9), Ebow (track 3), Keyboards (tracks 4,11), Piano (tracks 3,4,7), Organ (tracks 6,8), Sampling (track 3), Drums (track 10), Percussion (track 10), Drum Programming (tracks 4,5,6,9,10), Accordion (track 9)
  • Fran Banish: Electric Lead Guitar (tracks 1,6,9,10), Slide Guitar (tracks 1,3)
  • Howard Jones: Outro Piano on "Reasons For Living"
  • Rupert Hine: Percussion (tracks 1,3,6), Backing Vocals (tracks 3,10), Keyboards (track 9)
  • Milo DeCruz (tracks 6,10), Pino Palladino (tracks 1,2,3,7): Bass Guitar
  • Joseph Robinson: Drums (tracks 1,2,3,6,7)
  • Strings by The London Session Orchestra; led by Gavyn Wright; directed by Minnie Matt & Gavyn Wright. Arranged & Conducted by Simon Hale (tracks 1,2,5,8,10)
  • Ruadhri Cushnan: Infinite Reverbs on "Home"

  • Ruadhri Cushnan, Stephen W. Tayler, Cyrille de Smet: Recording Engineers
  • Stephen W. Tayler: Mixing
  • Tony Cousins: Mastering
  • Julian Broad: Photography
  • Richard Bates: Art Direction
  • Allen Hori: Design