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  • Summary: The second solo album for the folk singer was produced by Joe Henry.
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  • Record Label: ATO
  • Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
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  1. Oct 14, 2011
    It's a self-assured and very cohesive piece of work. Lisa Hannigan's journey as a solo artist continues to trundle along without any bumps in the road.
  2. Mojo
    Jan 11, 2012
    Sometimes playful, sometimes starkly beautiful. [Dec. 2011 pg. 95]
  3. Oct 14, 2011
    For all its deft arrangements and catchy chorus hook lines, Passenger feels unforced, spontaneous and timeless; indeed, such is its unaffected delivery that it might have been recorded 30 years ago or last month
  4. Oct 17, 2011
    Lisa Hannigan is on confident form in her second solo release since the split from Damien Rice.
  5. Uncut
    Oct 18, 2011
    [It] sees her expanding her horizons with out scrimping on nuance or emotion. [Nov 2011, p.84]
  6. Nov 22, 2011
    Her voice is light and agile, her phrasing like exquisite plumage, and her folksy songs move with deceptive power, sailing on guitars, strings and Irish drama.
  7. Oct 14, 2011
    Her voice remains the main attraction on this second album but its prettiness often sounds thin against the sort of arrangements that invite the description "plinky-plonky".

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  1. Apr 30, 2012
    Strong follow up to her lovely debut solo record Sea Sew. Lisa Hannigan has a more expansive sound on Passenger but deep down it is a recordStrong follow up to her lovely debut solo record Sea Sew. Lisa Hannigan has a more expansive sound on Passenger but deep down it is a record cut from the same cloth. The songs are very strong, the voice is as good as ever and it's a more lively and in my opinion a stronger record than Sea Sew which got a Mercury Music Prize nomination. Passenger goes further in establishing her as an artist in her own right and has some great singles on it. She has her own style and sound and is growing her own fan base independant of her past musical partnerships with Damien Rice. Another couple of albums like this and it may be a case of Damien Who? Expand