|Studio album by Duncan Sheik|
|Released||January 27, 2009 (U.S.)|
|Duncan Sheik chronology|
|Singles from Whisper House|
|The A.V. Club||B+|
The album, Sheik's first in the wake of success from composing music for the Tony award-winning musical Spring Awakening, contains selections from an original stage musical of the same name, with book and additional lyrics by Kyle Jarrow. The world premiere of the musical occurred January 13, 2010 at San Diego, California's Old Globe Theatre. The director is Peter Askin and the cast includes Arthur Acuna, Holly Brook, Kevin Hoffman, Ted Koch, David Poe, Mare Winningham, and Eric Brent Zutty. Sheik cited influences from part of his childhood spent around Hilton Head, South Carolina, and recalling its iconic lighthouse and the ghost stories he shared there with friends. Holly Brook (aka Skylar Grey) sings on many of the tracks.
The album was met with little commercial success, but favorable reviews. Review aggregating website Metacritic reports a normalized score of 71% based on 4 reviews. The album's first single, "Earthbound Starlight", debuted via the "Pop Candy" blog on USAToday.com. On Sheik's official website, streaming audio was made available for the album's first single, as well as its first and second tracks, in advance of the album release.
- "Better to Be Dead"
- "We're Here to Tell You"
- "And Now We Sing" (feat. Holly Brook)
- "The Tale of Solomon Snell"
- "Earthbound Starlight"
- "Play Your Part"
- "You've Really Gone and Done It Now"
- "How It Feels"
- "I Don't Believe in You"
- "Take A Bow"
- "The Ghost In You" (iTunes bonus song)
- Critic reviews at Metacritic
- Allmusic review
- The A.V. Club review
- Paste review
- PopMatters review
- "Track List Announced for Sheik's 'Whisper House'; Concert Dates Added", Adam Hetrick, Playbill.com, January 8, 2009
- "Old Globe Will Premiere Duncan Sheik's 'Whisper House' and Bricusse's Sammy Davis Jr. Musical", Kenneth Jones, Playbill.com, May 2, 2009
- "Duncan Sheik: A Troubadour Turns To Theater", Jacki Lyden, All Things Considered, National Public Radio, January 24, 2009
- "Earthbound Starlight" (video), Sony BMG Music, January 20, 2009
- Duncan Sheik official website, accessed January 24, 2009