'Phantom Moon' by Duncan Sheik

Dimitri Ehrlich

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© Atlantic RecordsPhantom Moon
Duncan Sheik
Atlantic/Nonesuch, 2001

In 1996, when Duncan Sheik released his first album, he made success look easy. But soon there was a backlash, and when his second album failed to sell as quickly as the first, skeptics were quick to pronounce him a one-hit wonder. Some of his strengths wotked against him: The very fact that radio stations had embraced his first single, "Barely Breathing," with such runaway enthusiasm undercut the idea that he might be considered a serious songwriter. Then there was the matter of his movie-star good looks. When you're working in Bob Dylan's territory, handsomeness can erode credibility faster than an endorsement for Kmarr.

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