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Considered', The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Daily News and The Los Angeles Times, in addition to earning her performances on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' and 'The Colbert Report' as well as a Mercury Prize nomination.
Passenger finds Hannigan further developing her signature vocal sound and songwriting. Recorded over a week at Brynderwyn Studios in North Wales by Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry (Solomon Burke, Allen Toussaint, Ramblin' Jack Elliot) and engineer Ryan Freeland (Ray LaMontagne), Passenger includes 10 sparkling new songs including the gorgeous 'O Sleep' on which she shares vocal duties with Ray LaMontagne.
In addition to her solo work Hannigan sang with Damien Rice for seven years, touring the world and playing sell-out shows at Radio City Music Hall and the Greek Theatre. She contributed significantly to Rice's platinum-selling debut O and critically
lauded follow-up 9. She also sang with the legendary Herbie Hancock on a rendition of Bob Dylan's 'The Times They Are A-Changin' for his Imagine Project.
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I listened to an interview Lisa gave this past summer. The talking head asked Lisa how she chose her current label. Lisa appeared surprised by the question and said she didn't know, basically she just trusted what her manager said. I think there might be an element of that same naivety in her relationship with this album and its production. When Lisa is in control of the artistic process (like her performance at NPR) she achieves a deeper level of authenticity which makes her music more heartfelt and passionate. That sensibility is missing from much of this album, sadly.
Passenger is her second solo album. It isn't as sensuous as her first album, Sea Sew (Sea Sew), but there are some songs about longing. From a recent NPR interview, Lisa claims to have recorded this album in one week, an incredibly fast time. They also didn't do a lot of multitrack building where one musician lays down part of the song, and then another plays over a playback. Instead they recorded this more as a full band playing in a room. This is a great way to get more energy and live aspect to an album. Mostly, I think they succeeded.
The Volcano video is legendary to me. It is the first time I've heard a voice sound like another instrument in the band. The song is simple, Damien Rice on acoustic guitar accompanied by a cello. Lisa Hannigan starts singing about a quarter into the song, and her voice blends so perfectly with the cello. She has a wonderful innocent sound in her voice making a great contrast to Rice yelling that the girl he loves is too young.
Hannigan is showing more of her Irish heritage in this album. The beautiful Irish accent appears a bit more often with her rolled r's. Her voice is so beautiful.
O Sleep is simply beautiful. Ray LaMontagne sings along with Hannigan. They have a much better chemistry and harmony than with Rice. LaMontagne lets Hannigan lead, he fits in with her voice. Rice always drove the song his direction and hoped that Hannigan would follow. O Sleep is so satisfying to hear her on equal footing with her male singing partner.Read more ›
The album starts off with a track called Home that has a Coldplay feel to it, piano included. This could be a very radio-friendly song, but it still has many of Hannigan's little quirks in it with unique notes and instruments.
Track 2 is A Sail which starts off with Hannigan singing monotonously. The chorus is the best part of the song if you ask me. It's more dynamic than the other parts of the song and sounds just like what I think of when I think Lisa Hannigan.
The next track, Knots, is the first single of the album. I definitely recommend seeing the video to it- she's covered in paint by the end and it's very entertaining to watch. The song is sweet and very fun to listen to. It makes you want to dance around and some of the lyrics "I tied the knots to remember in my heart" remind me of Ocean and a Rock from Sea Sew.
Track 4 is What'll I Do which is my early favorite on the album. The feel of it is different than some of Hannigan's previous music, but it's a great different. It's a fun song and the "oh oh oh oh eh eh ah ah ah eh eh" parts are really fun to sing along to and remind me very much of Venn Diagram from Sea Sew.
Track 5 is another early favorite, O Sleep, featuring Ray LaMontagne. His voice goes well with Hannigan's and is a little reminiscent of Hannigan's pairing with Damien Rice. The song is mellow and it shows off Hannigan's range well. She has her signature lower notes in the song as well as some soprano notes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this album. Great songwriting, and a lovely voice. Can't wait to see more from her.Published 11 months ago by Jessica Fleming
I saw and heard Lisa Hannigan on PBS and fell in love with her!Published 14 months ago by William M. Doody
I love Lisa's music and can't wait to hear more from her. I discovered her watching youtube videos of Las Aquas de Marzo. She and Damion Rice did a tremendous version. Read morePublished 15 months ago by frank
One of the best songwriters in current day folk music. Her haunting vocals and flowing music take us all on a ride we don't want to leave from. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Robert Moses Moore
Lisa Hannigan's voice transports us into space and into our own hearts. There are many stations on our journeys, whether we are taken to the outskirts of Dublin or to Chicago... Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by Janet D. Miller
Just when you thought Sea Sew was amazing, Lisa released Passenger, her second album. She's truly gone a step up with this album. Read morePublished on April 26, 2014 by Ryannn29
All around great music. Really well put together album in a world of singles. Definitely recommended if you liked her work with Damien RicePublished on March 2, 2014 by Julio