American Psycho (Original London Cast Recording) Duncan Sheik

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Label: Concord Records

Genre: Soundtrack

Subgenre: Musical

Artist: Duncan Sheik

Composer: Duncan Sheik (1969)

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • 1Opening (Morning Routine)03:33
  • 2Cards03:16
  • 3You Are What You Wear04:08
  • 4Oh Sri Lanka02:19
  • 5True Faith01:31
  • 6Killing Time03:13
  • 7In The Air Tonight02:23
  • 8Hardbody / Hardbody Luis (Medley)05:55
  • 9If We Get Married02:30
  • 10Not A Common Man03:11
  • 11Mistletoe Alert03:12
  • 12Clean02:34
  • 13Killing Spree04:40
  • 14Nice Thought02:34
  • 15At The End Of An Island / Harbody Hamptons (Medley)03:48
  • 16I Am Back02:54
  • 17A Girl Before03:43
  • 18Dont You Want Me?01:16
  • 19This Is Not An Exit05:07
  • 20Selling Out (Fischer King Remix)04:05
  • 21Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Duncan Sheik Remix)03:25
  • 22Killing Time 2.002:58
  • Total Runtime01:12:15

Info for American Psycho (Original London Cast Recording)

Based off of the 1991 Bret Easton Ellis novel and the 2000 movie release with Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman. The London production of the play occurred in 2013 and 2014 at the Almeida Theatre, with continuous sold out performances and great reviews in The Guardian, The London Times, The Evening Standard, London Theatre, etc. Besides Duncan Sheik s rock pop status, he is already known in Broadway circles due to the success of Spring Awakening: A New Musical. This is Matt Smiths first performance following his turn at the Doctor Who role.

„On stage, the musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho alternates Duncan Sheik's original songs with period hits from Tears for Fears, New Order, and, of course, Phil Collins and Huey Lewis & the News. On record, American Psycho is shorn of most of these big '80s hits -- 'True Faith' and 'In the Air Tonight' survive, 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' shows up as a bonus track -- so concentration is drawn to Sheik's dry, witty electro-pop tunes. Often, the spare, synthesized songs are reminiscent of Ben Gibbard's Postal Service project -- this is especially true of the numbers that Sheik sings himself -- and it's possible to tune out the violent, cynical lyrics and groove on the chilly, glassy surfaces of the show tunes. Usually, zoning out isn't part of the plan here, though: the Patrick Bateman monologues and the sung dialogues with his victims are meant to unsettle, and they often succeed. And that's what's interesting about American Psycho: it taps into the malevolent undercurrents that flew underneath the sleek, steely synthesized surfaces of the Reagan era.“ (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG)

Duncan Sheik
Born in Montclair, New Jersey, and raised in Hilton Head, South Carolina, Duncan Sheik spent his teen years immersing himself in the music of such kindred spirits as the Beach Boys, the Smiths, and the Blue Nile. Duncan attended Brown University, where he spent a year playing in Liz & Lisa—a band whose membership included singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb—before heading out on his own. His demo tapes circulated throughout the music industry, and Sheik eventually inked with Atlantic.

Sheik’s 1996 self-titled RIAA gold-certified Atlantic debut—which included the hit singles “Barely Breathing” and “She Runs Away”—was an enormous popular and critical success. In its four-star review, Rolling Stone hailed the Rupert Hine–produced album as “a defiant debut—beautiful and benevolent of spirit.” Duncan Sheik reached the No. 1 position on both Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart of new and developing artists, and SoundScan’s “Alternative New Artist Albums” chart, ultimately spending some 30 weeks on the Billboard 200. The top 20 Billboard hit “Barely Breathing” earned a place in pop history as it became the fourth longest-running single in the annals of the Hot 100, where it spent an amazing 55 weeks. In addition, “In the Absence of Sun,” another track from the debut album, was included on the top 25-charting soundtrack album to the Paramount Pictures/Rysher Entertainment film The Saint.

During nearly two years spent on the road with the first album, Sheik toured with such artists as Jewel, Shawn Colvin, and Jars of Clay in addition to headlining his own North American club tour. Along the way, he made national television appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CBS This Morning, and others.

In early 1998, Sheik delivered “Wishful Thinking,” a stand-out track from Atlantic’s RIAA gold-certified Great Expectations soundtrack. In October of that year came the release of Duncan’s second Atlantic album, Humming, a more band-oriented expression, characterized in part by a stronger drum presence and lush string arrangements, and for which Sheik took on the role of co-producer. His partner behind the boards was, once again, the renowned Rupert Hine (Rush, Stevie Nicks, Robert Palmer, The Waterboys, Kate Bush, Tina Turner).

Stephen Holden of the New York Times previewed the album, saying, “In the late-90s garbage heap of one-hit wonders and hip-hoppers whose samplings of the past sound more like licensed theft than creative recycling, most pop nowadays is as disposable as a Big Mac wrapper. Hardly anyone is talking about ‘art.’ But Mr. Sheik’s beautifully orchestrated meditations suggest that pop can still aspire to a lofty, searching classicism.”

Phantom Moon, Sheik's collaboration with playwright Steven Sater, released on Nonesuch in 2001, inspired further combined efforts between the two, with Sheik composing all of the music for a bold new version of famed German playwright Frank Wedekind’s 1891 classic, Spring Awakening. The play began in workshop at the world-renowned La Jolla Playhouse and moved to New York under the direction of Michael Mayer (Sideman; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown). The Broadway production went on to win an astounding eight Tony Awards in 2007, including Best Musical as well as Best Original Score for Sheik and Sater.

Booklet for American Psycho (Original London Cast Recording)

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