While reading the post history here I didn't see a formal query asking anyone to rank his albums, though if I were to choose my own ranking it'd be:
1. Humming 2. Duncan Sheik 3. Daylight 4. White Limousine 5. Phantom Moon. I haven't heard Whisper House or Covers 80's, and I've only heard a portion of Spring Awakening, and I didn't think that would count as an unambiguous Duncan Sheik album anyway (I was thinking the same thing about Covers 80's actually, though as I stated I haven't heard that anyway).
I love how his songs range from infectiously catchy to some stuff that's just really weird, slow and tripped out. He writes great melodies and is so gifted with all kinds of interesting arrangements (tons of string sections, woodwinds) All of his albums are superb sonically too. Definitely one of my favorite artists and songwriters. I'm very excited to hear the new Covers 80s... "Stripped" the first song is killer!!!
Check out his work on Holly Brook's new EP. I'm really speechless and impressed with how great it is. I love her contributions all over Whisper House... I'm not too fond on many female vocalists other than Paula Cole but Holly's GREAT!
my love of his music started with Barely breathing but when i decided to check out his music more, it opened up a world of melodies and lyrics I had just not experienced. Serena to me is the perfect fit of mood, melody and lyrics....
He's seriously awesome, just really tasteful music. Phenomenal musician and so are the musicians he plays with, brilliant arranging... all these records sound freaking great. Everything is so well thought-out. Just marvelous
The production of his records are so organic and just perfect. I've heard acoustic-pop/songwriters who just intentionally have to have their records sound like crap to be cool. Or the ones who want hit songs so they overproduce the hell out of them.