Leave a Whisper

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Leave a Whisper
Shinedown leave a whisper.jpg
Studio album by Shinedown
Released May 27, 2003
Length 47:01
Label Atlantic
Producer Bob Marlette
Shinedown chronology
Leave a Whisper
Us and Them
Singles from
Leave a Whisper
  1. "Fly from the Inside"
    Released: March 25, 2003
  2. "45"
    Released: July 29, 2003
  3. "Simple Man"
    Released: June 29, 2004
  4. "Burning Bright"
    Released: July 13, 2004

Leave a Whisper is the debut studio album by American rock band Shinedown. The album was released on May 27, 2003, faring well due to the success of the singles "Fly from the Inside" and "45". Recording took place at Henson Recording Studios and The Blue Room, both in Los Angeles, California. Leave a Whisper paved the way for Shinedown's successful second album, Us and Them, and was re-released on June 15, 2004, to incorporate a cover version of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man", as well as "Burning Bright (Sanford Mix)" and "45 (Acoustic)". The album's singles also fared well, "Fly from the Inside" reaching No. 5, "45" reaching No. 3, "Simple Man" reaching No. 5, and "Burning Bright" reaching No. 2 on the US Mainstream Rock list. Leave a Whisper is Shinedown's second best-selling album. On August 17, 2004, the album was certified gold for 500,000 copies sold, and by October 21, 2005, the album had sold 1 million copies in the US, and was certified platinum by the RIAA.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[2]
Melodic 4/5 stars[3]

AllMusic compared Leave a Whisper to that of post-grunge acts like Creed, Puddle of Mudd, and a modern-day Alice in Chains. They go on to state "Coupled with a plodding, two-dimensional sound varying little from song to song, let alone from the sound of its peers, Shinedown's debut offers scant hope that heavy music will right itself from the nasty stumble of its last few years."[2] According to Melodic, the album will satisfy fans of bands like Depswa and Saliva.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Fly from the Inside"   Brent Smith, Bob Marlette 3:55
2. "Left Out"   Smith, Brad Stewart, Jasin Todd 3:51
3. "Lost in the Crowd"   Smith, Rick Beato 3:58
4. "No More Love"   Smith, Marlette, Todd, Tony Battaglia 3:46
5. "Better Version"   Smith, Marlette, Stewart 3:45
6. "Burning Bright"   Smith, Battaglia 3:46
7. "In Memory"   Smith, Beato, Stewart 4:04
8. "All I Ever Wanted"   Smith, Stewart, Todd 4:12
9. "Stranger Inside"   Smith, Beato 4:01
10. "Lacerated"   Smith, Battaglia, Stewart, Todd 4:00
11. "Crying Out"   Smith, Marlette, Todd 3:34
12. "45"   Smith, Battaglia 4:09
Total length:

1The final three tracks only appear on the enhanced edition,[4] released June 15, 2004. This re-release was prompted due to the popularity of their Simple Man cover.

2Available as a download only, on July 7, 2009 Shinedown released a deluxe edition of Leave a Whisper, featuring demo material and unused tracks from the recording sessions.[5]

Leave a Whisper was produced by Atlantic Recording Company. All of the songs on the album were partially written by Brent Smith, with the exception of "Simple Man", which was written by Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington. Others who helped write the album include, but are not limited to, Bob Marlette, Jasin Todd, Brad Stewart, Rick Beato, and Tony Battaglia.


Additional personnel
  • Bob Marlette – producer
  • Tony Battaglia – engineering, mixing, producer
  • Steven Marshall – additional guitar on "45"

Chart positions[edit]

Chart positions US sales RIAA
53 1,255,293 Platinum 1,500,000+
Year Song US US Alt.
US Main.
2003 "Fly from the Inside" 34 5
"45" 12 3
2004 "Simple Man" 40 5
"Burning Bright" 107dagger 22 2

daggerBurning Bright reached No. 7 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.