Shine A Light - The Constantines

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. There is a monumental feeling of strength and courage in their music that is impossible to deny.
  2. A tautly crafted, thoughtful album, Shine a Light more than follows through on the promise of their debut, and proves that the Constantines have the ability to be both down to earth and dramatic within their grasp.
  3. "Light" is considerably harder-edged and less accessible than the poppier tunes of their fellow Canucks, incorporating bits of soul, blues, punk, noise and even avant-jazz, in dizzyingly fresh ways.
  4. This is the kind of indie rock record you wait all year for.
  5. Shine A Light is metallic, screamo-ing, ear-bursting, confused and chopping. And man, it's great.
  6. The group frequently wanders into still valleys before chugging back up, properly balancing bounce and punch--Constantines may be the best band since Archers Of Loaf to marry intelligence and brute force.
  7. Though not quite the slap in the face issued by their debut, even this album's very worst song shines a light on what's wrong with our landscape. Find it and follow.
  8. 80
    Webb's hoarse vocals are filled with the sort of tortured earnestness that can't be faked. [#23, p.84]
  9. Tells the story of musicians creating something brilliant and new with the well-worn pieces of their punk-indie-hardcore legacy. [Oct 2003, p.124]
  10. 80
    There’s no shortage of pogo anthems, reflective quiet and headspinning ideology, and never a dull moment.
  11. Shine a Light doesn’t defy genres; it defies poseurs. It isn’t fashionable; it’s a staple.
  12. Impressively raucous. [#240, p.68]
  13. It’s just a shame that after seven plays, it’s still a bit tricky to remember what any of the tunes go like.
  14. 70
    An album ragged with last-ditch lunges of fuzz-noise and burnished vocals. [Feb 2004, p.99]
  15. 70
    A sinewy mix of punk, dub, soul, good tunes and classic guy-rock. [Mar 2004, p.87]
  16. Reveal[s] a finely tuned pop ear setting them apart from the noisier kids in the punk playground. [Feb 2004, p.98]
  17. Though trite lyrics too often undermine strong instrumentation, Shine a Light is a promising sophomore effort from a group that clearly has the chops to blaze even brighter.
  18. Shine has a nasty penchant for treading water instead of making any real artistic statement. [#5, p.100]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Scott
    Oct 12, 2004
    best indie shit out there.
  2. wo
    May 3, 2004
    This album does nothing but grow on you. As strong as it is the first few times you listen to it, it's far better after more. Also, this is a band that is a must see. I had no idea the show would be as good as it was. The songs were even stronger live, leaving me pretty confident that it was the best show I've ever seen. Full Review »
  3. JamieR
    Apr 23, 2004
    Unreal...Fat bass licks mixed with good guitar riffs. The keyboard melodies although quiet is the key ingredient. Bry's Tom Waits-esque makes you hurt yourself singing along, but singing along to a catchy album like this is something you cant control. Full Review »