Shine A Light - The Constantines
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  • Summary: The Ontario, Canada band makes its Sub Pop (and U.S.) debut with this, their second LP, which mixes alternative rock with punk and soul.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
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  1. There is a monumental feeling of strength and courage in their music that is impossible to deny.
  2. Shine A Light is metallic, screamo-ing, ear-bursting, confused and chopping. And man, it's great.
  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. Impressively raucous. [#240, p.68]
  5. 80
    There’s no shortage of pogo anthems, reflective quiet and headspinning ideology, and never a dull moment.
  6. It’s just a shame that after seven plays, it’s still a bit tricky to remember what any of the tunes go like.
  7. Shine has a nasty penchant for treading water instead of making any real artistic statement. [#5, p.100]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. TrevorP
    Sep 19, 2003
    Oh boy. Oh boy. Seriously. Buy this album.
  2. Scott
    Oct 12, 2004
    best indie shit out there.
  3. SethP
    Oct 1, 2003
    Wow. This is a breath of fresh air.
  4. MitchB
    Dec 11, 2003
    These songs are perfectly composed to emphasize the poetic lyrics and the intricate, yet intense melodies. The Constantines are prophets.
  5. 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. Expand
  6. Amanda
    Sep 11, 2003
    Wow. Once a year there's a CD that pumps me up so much that i find myself uncontrollably speeding as a drive around listen to it. Last year, I received a speeding ticket while "jamming" to And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead's Source Tags and Name Codes. And, this year, it was The Constantine's Shine a Light. Speeding tickets become my criteria for a top album of the year. Shine a Light is full of what music today was essentially missing. Poetic prose lyrics, driving guitar, and that raspy Springstein voice. Tempo changes, lovely bass lines, everything that encompasses a TIMELESS rock album. Well done, my friends to the north, well done. Expand
  7. 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. Expand