Passenger celebrates ten years of breakthrough album with full-scale re-recording

Hard to believe it been a decade: Passenger is celebrating his fan favourite album ‘All the Little Lights’ with a re-release.

English singer-songwriter Passenger is celebrating the release of his multi-platinum album All the Little Lights, which catapulted his folk-pop sensibilities to the mainstream just over a decade ago, with an anniversary edition re-recording out today.

Newly featuring the likes of Ed Sheeran, Foy Vance, Gabrielle Aplin, and Nina Nesbitt, Passenger breathes new life into his songs of yesteryear with a decade’s worth of hindsight and further experience. 

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The album’s second single “Let Her Go” has been re-recorded with long-time friend and global superstar Ed Sheeran, who Passenger supported on tour in 2012 and to whom he attributes much of the song’s seismic success.

Passenger enlists Sheeran on this re-recording for the “genuine and undeniable link” that he has to the original track; “there was only ever going to be one person that I’d want to duet on it.”

Watch the brand-new music video here. 

“Let Her Go” was written while Passenger was touring rural Australia in early 2011, playing for “a handful of people each night” in small venues.

The song seemed to reveal itself all at once. “I remember walking into a venue dressing room, picking up my guitar and playing the opening riff like I’d written it years ago, like I’d played it before.

Like it had always been there. I don’t think I’ve had many other moments like that.”

“Let Her Go” went on to top the singles charts of nineteen countries – including Australia, where it was named the third-biggest hit of 2013, and where subsequent single “Holes” skirted the weekly top twenty.

“Let Her Go” remains the third-most sought-after song in Shazam history, and its music video – filmed at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville – has amassed over three billion YouTube views in its eleven years on the platform. 

The original release of All the Little Lights was certified platinum in the United States and Passenger’s native United Kingdom, as well as double-platinum in Australia and Denmark.

Accompanying the release of All the Little Lights (Anniversary Edition), Passenger will be playing at Union Chapel in London, along with a run of UK record store performances – all of which sold out in under twenty-four hours. 

Stream All the Little Lights (Anniversary Edition) below.

Words by Harrison Jones