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Recorded in Sydney and co-produced by Chris Vallejo, Whispers is comprised of 11 tracks that tell tales some real, some imagined of love, death, growing up and getting old. A master of story telling, Passenger yet again strikes the perfect balance between the heartbreaking and the humorous, all wrapped in beautiful instrumentation, creating a sumptuous, symphonic sound.
"This is easily the most "up" album I ve ever made," explains Passenger. "It s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some somber moments about loneliness and death but, hey, it wouldn t be a Passenger album without those. Mostly though, it s a really positive album."
Lead single "Scare Away The Dark," which is already a fan favorite at live shows, presents listeners with a different side of Passenger than the one they ve come to know from international smash single "Let Her Go." It s a riotous rant about technology taking over our lives, calling on listeners to seize the moment and embrace life. Though he didn t realize it at the time, title track "Whispers" captures the chaos in Passenger s head as "Let Her Go" began to snowball. "Heart s On Fire" is the album s grandest love song, starting sparse on finger picked guitar and building into a dramatic, passionate, strings-soaked plea to the person you can t get out of your head.
Top Customer Reviews
Passenger is a breath of fresh air in a world where pop rules. Good George Dubbya this is the best album of 2014 (so far.) Top marks lyrically, musically and vocally, Mike. This is destined be classic folk 30 years in the future like Simon and Garfunkel are now.
For the fuss buckets, this is one of those cardboard sleeve CD cases but with an added surprise (why spoil it?) and more importantly, lyrics! Alright, I'm off to listen to it again.
When performance and marketing categories are invoked to explain this gentle-voiced thirty-year-old's styles of music, it's usually in the "Indie" or "Folk" categories, but WHISPERS seems almost a world-music album of English-speaking countries just in its production. It was recorded in Sydney (where Rosenberg has returned to kick off his Australian tour), licensed in the USA, released by a Canadian company. Some post-production took place at Abbey Road. Rosenberg is the Scottish son of a Scottish mum and a Jewish-American dad. WHISPERS is a virtual amalgam of U.K. and American styles of successful (but not sellout) folk and folk-rock musicians from the early seventies to the present. Listen carefully and one can hear echoes of "string band," Bob Dylan (by way of Simon & Garfunkel), perhaps some Melissa Etheridge, definitely some Jackson Browne. The artists this album most reminds me of, though, are Bob Seger and pre-conversion Cat Stevens. Seger for the plaintive confessional quality in songs such as "Riding to New York" and "Scare Away the Dark"; Stevens in "Bullets," a gently convincing allegory of a too-violent society, and "Thunder," an anthem of personal life-quest using water metaphors ("I go running in circles, like baby turtles"). Passenger's wide but not deep voice, too well styled to be called "thin," is also reminiscent of Cat Stevens.Read more ›
If you are contemplating buying this album, please take my advice:
You will NOT REGRET pirchasing this album and all of it's content. It will give you an idea of what excellent music sounds like.
In addition to the music, the Album artwork and booklet are designed masterfully. You aren't just getting plastic and a disc.
If you like real, meaningful music buy this album!
"Whispers" is my current favorite. I love the very slow build up to the powerful, nearly shouted (ironically) climax.
"Scare Away the Dark" is a fun, catchy anthem to living life to the fullest.
"Start A Fire" paints an intriguing set of images... I interpret it a bit differently each time I listen. At least, when I'm not getting swept up in the mood, melody and instrumentation.
"Riding to New York" is a moving portrait of a dying man on a mission to reconnect with his adult children. Like many of his story songs, it felt like an homage to someone he'd encountered and struck up conversation with on his travels. Sure enough, it is.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I discovered this artist back in 2012 when he opened for Ed Sheeran and ive been a fan ever since! This is one of his best albums, in my opinion and Mike's voice sounds incredible... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Carly Battel
fantastic artwork and packaging! fantastic album! just plain fantastic all around.Published 3 months ago by Sean
Bought this for my mother who is a HUGE Mike Passenger fan. She couldn't be happier, loves the songs, the variety, and the price.Published 3 months ago by Niki P