Phantom Moon - Duncan Sheik
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  1. This is easily Sheik's strongest, and most mature record to date.
  2. Unlike his two previous albums, Sheik has handed lyrical duties to playwright Steven Sater, and has chosen to expand on his abilities as a musician. The combination is a flawless one, with Sheik's subdued and thoughtful music complimenting Sater's reflective words.
  3. This is Duncan Sheik at his most orchestrally, acoustically indulgent, and it's a lovely, haunting effort.
  4. At first, Moon seems a decidedly somnolent affair, but with one's feet up and headphones on, the strings suddenly shimmer, and the warm vocals soothe. [3/2/01, p.71]
  5. A rich collection of tunes that definitely will put you in the mind of [Nick] Drake--but stop one (small) step short of sheer imitation.
  6. When all the elements of Phantom Moon align -- as they do on a handful of songs ("Mr. Chess," "Requiescat") -- the results are mesmerizing.
  7. Intimate strings, minimal drums and soft sighs caress meandering tunes that avoid hooks or obvious statements. But Sheik's delivery lacks the emotional depth of his U.K. models: Nick Drake, David Sylvian and the Blue Nile couldn't conceal their pain behind lush arrangements.
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  1. MelV
    Feb 1, 2002
    10
    It is one of the best albums of his that I have heard, and I have heard them all. I believe that he should get more recognition for his obvious talent Expand
  2. AnthonyF.
    Sep 27, 2001
    10
    Haunting melodies, unexpected harmonies, deep feeling, and gorgeous overall effect make this album a highly impressive effort.
  3. BrettH
    May 22, 2009
    9
    I was really disappointed and pessimistic when I learned that Sheik decided to write music and leave lyrics to a 'poet'. Yet It is a excellent album and I couldn't help but come around to it. Expand

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