Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Whispers

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Whispers

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Passenger

Black Crow Records

Brit-folk rages ahead with latest from Mike Rosenberg

"All I need is a whisper in a world that only shouts," Mike Rosenberg's gravelly voice intones on the title track of Whispers, the singer-songwriter's new album under the name Passenger. It almost sounds as though Rosenberg is gulping for air amid an onrush of unexpected popularity.

Since Passenger's six-years-in-the-making "overnight" success-courtesy of his Billboard Top 5 break-up ballad "Let Her Go"-Rosenberg has been compared to fellow Brit-folk troubadour Ed Sheeran. Like Sheeran, Passenger couples approachability with earnest delivery. Yet, Rosenberg's concerns are weightier than those of his fellow young acoustic-playing star. Though not yet 30, Rosenberg is obsessed with mortality and the onslaught of time.

Over slowly building layers of fingerpicked guitars-two Gibsons, a J-45 and a Hummingbird-winding violins, and heroic horns, Rosenberg's warm, reedy tenor unfurls over a foundation of Celtic-tinged folk-rock and percolating world-pop. …

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