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  • Summary: The sixth release for the British singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg was produced by Chris Vallejo.
  • Record Label: Nettwerk
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Folk
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jun 13, 2014
    80
    These supremely accessible, expansively produced, mostly summery pop songs often suggest a less bilious, more fleet-footed Frank Turner. [Jul 2014, p.112]
  2. Jun 9, 2014
    80
    Rosenberg's strength is storytelling, and Whispers brims with striking vignettes.
  3. Jun 9, 2014
    70
    Ultimately, with Whispers, Rosenberg has crafted an album of sweet, hummable anthems for tender-hearted troubadours everywhere.
  4. Jun 9, 2014
    60
    Ultimately, Whispers suggests a kind of sublime sensibility, sentiments that will hopefully encourage all potential fellow travelers to quickly get on board.
  5. Jun 10, 2014
    50
    He takes on his indecisive twenties on "Rolling Stone" and "27," attempts a road epic on "Riding to New York," and, on "Scare Away the Dark," implores, "We want something real/Not just hashtags and Twitter." Impressively, he sings it like he thought of that cliché himself.
  6. 50
    While Mr. Rosenberg can be affecting, the narrowness of his vision can be suffocating. Most of the time his lyrics are like teenager’s scribbled poems.
  7. Jul 24, 2014
    40
    More non-threatening folk-pop. [Jul 2014, p.96]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 8, 2014
    7
    Some of it's forgettable folk-pop but when it hits the mark it hits so well that it makes up for the filler. Coins in a Fountain, 27, Bullets & Whispers are all highlights an call to mind some of the best first-wave folk I can think of but the coup de grâce - for me at least - is Riding to New York. Call me a sap but when he sings, "I want to see my granddaughter one last time. Want to hold her close and feel her tiny heartbeat next to mine." it's all I can do to not start bawling my eyes out.

    Lowlights? Scare Away the Dark. The album is a solid 8 up to that point and then this hackneyed and cliché diatribe against modernism comes on and almost ruins the entire experience for me. I've never experienced that: a beautiful, fantastic, heartrending song that makes me want to cry followed by something so solidly trite and annoying that I want to lob my phone across the room. It's an almost vertigo-inducing 180.
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