Whispers (Passenger album)

Whispers is the fifth studio album from British singer-songwriter Passenger. It was released between 6 and 10 June 2014 in different countries, through Black Crow Records and Nettwerk. The album includes the singles "Scare Away the Dark" and "Heart's on Fire".

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Studio album by
Released6 June 2014
  • 41:58 (standard edition)
  • 68:42 (deluxe edition)
Passenger chronology
All the Little Lights
Whispers II
Singles from Whispers
  1. "Scare Away the Dark"
    Released: 28 March 2014[1]
  2. "Heart's on Fire"
    Released: 14 April 2014


On 26 March 2014 Passenger announced details of his fifth studio album, confirming the UK release date as 9 June 2014. When speaking to Digital Spy about the album he said, "This is easily the most 'up' album I've ever made, it's quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some sombre moments about loneliness and death but hey, it wouldn't be a Passenger album without those." He released "Heart's on Fire" as the lead single from the album on 14 April 2014.[2]


"Heart's on Fire" was released as the lead single from the album on 14 April 2014. Talking to Digital Spy about the song he said, "Heart's on Fire' is a nostalgic song. It's about when the timing with someone isn't right, even though the person might be. And although you're not with that person at the time, there may be a moment in the future where the relationship makes more sense."[3]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic     [5]
Blurt     [6]
The Guardian     [7]
The New York Times(mixed)[8]
Rolling Stone     [9]

Whispers was met with a moderately positive reception from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 63, based on 7 reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews.[4]

Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian gave praise to Rosenberg's "snaggle-toothed rasp" delivery throughout the record and the storytelling elements that invoke "characterful observations ("Bullets")" and "striking vignettes ("Riding to New York")".[7] AllMusic editor Matt Collar gave the "Album Pick" title to the album, praising the instrumentals and lyrics concluding with, "Ultimately, with Whispers, Rosenberg has crafted an album of sweet, hummable anthems for tender-hearted troubadours everywhere."[5] The New York Times music critic Jon Caramanica gave a mixed review of the album, saying that his voice "can be striking, even if its arsenal is limited," but found most of his lyrics were like a "teenager’s scribbled poems."[8]

Commercial performanceEdit

The album debuted at No. 12 on Billboard 200,[10] No. 5 on Top Rock Albums,[11] selling 18,000 copies in the first week. The album has sold 71,000 copies in the United States as of August 2016.[12]

Album coverEdit

"Whispers" received a 2015 Grammy nomination [13] for Best Recording Package. The art director,[14] Sarah Larnach, was also the artist and designer on the album and credits Mike Rosenberg with creating the concept. "Whispers" is the third Passenger album cover created by Sarah Larnach.

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Mike Rosenberg.

1."Coins in a Fountain"3:04
3."Heart's on Fire"4:13
5."Golden Leaves"4:07
7."Rolling Stone"3:22
8."Start a Fire"4:21
10."Riding to New York"5:02
11."Scare Away the Dark"4:38



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Russia (NFPF)[35] Platinum 20,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label
United Kingdom 9 June 2014 Black Crow


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