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Humming is the second album by American singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik. It was released on Atlantic Records in 1998.

Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 6, 1998
ProducerRupert Hine, Duncan Sheik
Duncan Sheik chronology
Duncan Sheik
Phantom Moon
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[3]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[4]
USA Today3.5/4 stars[5]


Release and receptionEdit

The album was met with moderate success and favorable reviews. According to Allmusic, the album "sprawls across similarly introspective terrain, yet veers more toward the pragmatic than the romantic", adding, "Humming has a more profound and resonant base, complemented by accentuated drums and various string elements."[1]


The album, which featured the London Session Orchestra on some tracks, contained tributes to other artists, including "That Says It All" and "A Body Goes Down"; the latter song is an elegy for Jeff Buckley, following his death in 1997, which was also included in the documentary Amazing Grace: Jeff Buckley. The final track is named after Nichiren, who was a Buddhist monk of 13th century Japan.

Track listingEdit

  1. "In Between" - 4:32
  2. "Rubbed Out" - 5:09
  3. "Bite Your Tongue" - 3:56
  4. "Alibi" - 4:07
  5. "Varying Degrees of Con-Artistry" - 6:56
  6. "That Says It All" - 4:14
  7. "Everyone, Everywhere" - 3:30
  8. "A Body Goes Down" - 6:05
  9. "Nothing Special" - 3:28
  10. "House Full of Riches" - 5:37
  11. "Nichiren" - 14:47**

**Note: A hidden song, "Foreshadowing," begins at the 6:40 mark of track 11 after the close of "Nichiren"