Whisper House

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Whisper House
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 27, 2009 (U.S.)
LabelRCA Victor
(U.S.; CD)
ProducerDuncan Sheik
Duncan Sheik chronology
White Limousine
Whisper House
Covers 80's
Singles from Whisper House
  1. "Earthbound Starlight"
    Released: January 15, 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB+[3]
PopMatters4/10 stars[5]

Whisper House is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik. It was released on RCA Victor in 2009.


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.[6] The world premiere of the musical occurred January 13, 2010 at San Diego, California's Old Globe Theatre.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]


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.[1] The album's first single, "Earthbound Starlight", debuted via the "Pop Candy" blog on USAToday.com.[10] 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.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Better to Be Dead"
  2. "We're Here to Tell You"
  3. "And Now We Sing" (feat. Holly Brook)
  4. "The Tale of Solomon Snell"
  5. "Earthbound Starlight"
  6. "Play Your Part"
  7. "You've Really Gone and Done It Now"
  8. "How It Feels"
  9. "I Don't Believe in You"
  10. "Take A Bow"
  11. "The Ghost In You" (iTunes bonus song)