Friday, February 24, 2006

Music Review -- White Limousine by Duncan Sheik

Duncan Sheik’s new and much maligned CD is White Limousine. Some of the pop-rockiness of Daylight is found here, though Duncan mostly presents his music with light guitars and orchestration. Critics have not been kind to this disc, but there is still a lot to like here. The title track and The Dawn’s Request are well written songs wrapped in an a melodic adult alternative sound. While Duncan gets too pointed and obvious in songs like Shopping, where he rips consumer culture, there are some great moments in his lyrics. On Nothing Fades he writes, “Some of the people here believe/Reading a book of prophecies/Some of you sigh and turn away/Nobody knows so what’s the play/You’re here now/You’re here for now.” The critics do make good points about this being a somewhat dry album and a bit obvious considering the current political climate. Still, I have always appreciated his writing and still enjoy White Limousine. This is for current Duncan fans or followers of David Gray.

2.5 out of 4.0 on the Vin Swanson Scale.

Listening to this feels like being suddenly and extremely appreciative of things like the moon, the wind and electricity.

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