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British singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg, otherwise known as Passenger, continues exploring the broader sonic palette he developed on 2012's All the Little Lights with his sixth studio album, 2014's Whispers. As he did last time, Rosenberg once again teamed up with All the Little Lights producer Chris Vallejo. Together, they deliver a batch of evocative acoustic folk and indie pop songs that are often expanded with orchestral flourishes. That said, Rosenberg's main instrument of choice here is still the acoustic guitar, and all the songs on Whispers retain the Brighton-based artist's core intimacy. Influenced by both traditional British folk and more modern singer/songwriters, Rosenberg's work here falls somewhere between the earnest classicism of Mumford & Sons and the contemporary pop of Ed Sheeran. Vocally, he has a distinctively poignant chirp of a voice that sounds something akin to an elf who stayed up all night smoking, drinking, and sharing stories with friends. Which isn't to say he sounds wizened, just world-weary and steeped in a kind of twee ennui. Whether he's singing about growing older ("27") or delving into a poetic allegory about loneliness ("Bullets"), Rosenberg has a knack for intimate revelations that still read as universal. He also has a gift for melody, and cuts like the melancholy "Heart's on Fire" and the similarly hushed "Rolling Stone," with its Van Morrison-esque woodwind backgrounds, are pleasantly enjoyable songs, perfect for introspective listening on warm summer afternoons. Ultimately, with Whispers, Rosenberg has crafted an album of sweet, hummable anthems for tender-hearted troubadours everywhere.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2014
Label: Nettwerk Records
UPC: 0067003101226
catalogNumber: 542887
Rank: 99996

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Passenger   Primary Artist
Tim Hart   Mandolin
Tony Azzopardi   Hand Percussion
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar
James Greening   Clarinet,Saxophone
Cameron Undy   Electric Bass
Glen Hannah   Electric Guitar
Marianne Broadfoot   Violin
Stu Hunter   Piano,Glockenspiel,fender rhodes
Stu Larsen   Background Vocals
Mike Rosenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Kerry Martin   Violin
Jess Ciampa   Hand Percussion
Chris Vallejo   Mellotron
Geraldine Hollett   Background Vocals
Phil Churchill   Background Vocals
Andrew Dale   Background Vocals
Once   Background Vocals
Alex Boneham   Electric Bass,Contrabass (Vocal)
Nick Garbett   Trombone,Trumpet
Georgia Mooney   Background Vocals
Matthew Keegan   Brass,Woodwind
Shelley Sorenson   Viola
Rowena Macneish   Cello
Peter Martin   Drums

Technical Credits

Dave Rowland   Engineer
Mike Rosenberg   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Chris Vallejo   Producer,Engineer
Enigma Quartet   String Section
Matthew Keegan   Brass Arrangment,Woodwind Arrangement
Nicholas Buch   String Arrangements

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