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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MRI
  • ASIN: B004WOXL6U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stripped by Dépêche Mode
2. Hold Me Now by Thompson Twins
3. Love Vigilantes by New Order
4. Kyoto Song by The Cure
5. What Is Love by Howard Jones
6. So Alive by Love and Rockets
7. Shout by Tears for Fears
8. Gentlemen Take Polaroids by D. Sylvian
9. Life's What You Make It by Talk Talk
10. William It Was Really Nothing by The Smiths
11. Stay by Blue Nile
12. The Ghost In You by The Psychedelic Furs

Editorial Reviews

Duncan Sheik Covers 80s features twelve of Duncan Sheik's highly personalized takes on the synth-pop era, including smashes and obscurities from the likes of the Cure, New Order, Tears for Fears, the Smiths, the Psychedelic Furs, the Thompson Twins, Love & Rockets, Howard Jones, Japan, Talk Talk, and the Blue Nile. Marketing Points: Grammy Award Winner, Two-time Tony Award winning composer of Spring Awakening, Debut album certified Gold RIAA, Major market US tour planned for June-July 2011, European tour Fall 2011.

Customer Reviews

Every cover here ends up sounding very much the same.
W. Johnson
I am anxious to put it on the playlist at my next dinner party to surprise the guests!
Thomas Bowen
Haunting and soothing, the music is contemporary and brilliant.
RDJ

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By levi-grey on June 7, 2011
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the album is perfect. beautifully crafted. it is a Duncan Sheik album. worth the buy. "Kyoto Song", "Hold Me Now" and "Gentlemen Take Polaroids" are super strong covers. "Stripped" and "Stay" are my favorites. "Shout" is cleverly done and Tears For Fears should be proud of his cover.

for the mr "utter crap" reviewer, what were you expecting? for Duncan to get some top notch everyday producers and go pop radio with this album so all the covers sounded the exact same as the originals?? if you knew/know anything about his music you would know that is the total opposite of who he is. why make a karaoke cover album??

Anyway, buy the album. it's great. if you want karaoke, buy the karaoke version of each song and make a mix tape for yourself.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 28, 2011
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Singer/Songwriter cum Broadway Composer Duncan Sheik first hit in 1996 as a 20-something singer songwriter. Which means that he was probably barely an adolescent when the set of songs he culled for his "Covers 80s" cd were making their way into his brain for storage. He might have even slow danced to "Hold Me Now" in high school for all I know. But as a solo artist, he held more to the realm of sensitive folkie than pepped up Durranie.

Which makes "Covers 80s" such a cunnundrum. In their original versions, some of these songs were lusty, dance-aggro tunes ("Love Vigilantes," "I'm Alive") or uber-angsty smart-guy pop ("Shout," "Stay" from The Blue Nile, "Gentlemen Take Polaroids" from Japan). Sheik deconstructs these entirely and redoes their instrumantations. No Rolands, no 808's, but accordions, hammer dulcimers, madolins, and everything but a drum machine. Austerity is rule number one. Rule number two seems to have been to make sure that any source of happiness is ripped from every song. Sheik treats every song here, even the peppy ones like "Ghost In You," like preambles to a suicide note.

Granted, Sheik's own albums sometimes take on that tone ("White Limousine" in particular), yet those were his own compositions. If you're looking at the track-listing and thinking this would make for an uplifting trip down memory lane, forget it. What Sheik has done is pull these songs into the present as melancholy reminders that synth-pop often had a dark heart hidden under candy-floss. "Love Vigilantes" may be the first time you hear the story of the soldier's return for what it really is (unless you've already heard Iron and Wine's version). It's just hard for me to wrap my head completely around this album. Sheik strips away the varnish, drops the tempos, minors the keys and never, as the song "Shout" exhorts, lets it all out. On "Covers 80's," i finally began wishing really hard that he'd let loose, just once.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tiedyed69peace on June 8, 2011
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I'm never disappointed with a Duncan Sheik album. I could listen to his voice until the end of time. His albums are just flawless, and this one is no exception. It is carefully thought out and beautifully done. You can tell that he really did have a personal connection to these songs. My fav track so far by far is "Hold Me Now"... beautiful. I can't wait to see it performed live hopefully in the future. I'm hoping his tour dates on the east coast are rescheduled soon!

My only gripe is that I'd like to see Duncan come out with an original album for his fans soon. His last release, Whisper House, was his music from the play with the same name... and now this one is a cover album. It really is a beautiful album though. Much better than I expected.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Zildjian Ludwig on June 8, 2011
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I was very skeptical when I heard the format that Duncan's latest album would take. I've never been a huge fan of 80's music. In fact, coming into this album I only recognized two or three of the tunes. (Maybe that allowed me to approach it without the preconceived notions of those who have provided negative reviews.)

That said, this is a gorgeous, rewarding collection of music. To my ears, Duncan sounds more at home with these songs than any album since Phantom Moon (which, like this album, he also did not write the lyrics for).

Mr. Sheik continues what he's done with every album before: he tests new musical territory that still feels distinctly his own.

If you're a Duncan Sheik fan, definitely pick this up. If you're expecting Barely Breathing or straight remakes of the original material, you're probably missing the point.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina on January 23, 2013
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What no reviewer has noticed here is that not one of these covers is of a song by an American band or artist. They're all from UK bands and singers. Obviously Sheik looks back at 80s pop and rock music the way I do: the best of it came out of Britain. Most of it is highly evocative, too. I visited the UK for the first time in the 1980s, and I can never hear The Thompson Twins, or The Smiths, or Howard Jones, or Talk Talk, or really any of the other artists covered on this album without attaching their songs very strongly to a particular place or experience in Britain.

I like these covers, and I really like the remixes too. They're oblique and respectful, and, yeah, very evocative.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CPage on July 12, 2011
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I've liked Duncan Sheik for years, specifically for his stripped down, beautiful, emotional music. However, this CD is rather languid, as one reviewer noted, and none of the songs sound much different from each other. I listened to the CD twice, but could not muster up the desire for a 3rd listen. I also wish he would come out with another CD of original songs, and not another musical either. What happened to the Duncan Sheik I loved 20 years ago??
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