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  • Summary: 'Shine' is the first solo album in more than a decade for Daniel Lanois, best known for his production work for artists such as U2, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris, and Bob Dylan. Harris guests on vocals here, as does U2's Bono.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Here, everything is balanced; the scope is small, close, and textured by pedal steel guitars, very organic percussion, and Lanois' voice way up front.
  2. More interested in enveloping listeners than overwhelming them, Shine lets hushed, reflective songs fade into accomplished instrumentals that hearken back to his early collaborations with Brian Eno.
  3. He's much too quiet and intricate to ever seize a great deal of attention, and Shine runs the risk of being lumped in with adult-contemporary slush with its gentleness, but even half-hearted listens to the better tracks here show more than enough substance to elude such a crass categorization.
  4. Shine is a record meant to be heard on headphones, providing Lanois' signature warm and smudgy vintage sound.
  5. 70
    Shine is an intriguing portrait of a civilised chap in turmoil. [Apr 2003, p.110]
  6. The limitations of Lanois’s vocals lend an engaging frailty, leavened with bleak, lonely, instrumental interludes.
  7. 40
    Only the fuzzy reggae of "Power of One" is lively enough to rouse a dozing listener and hint at what the record might have been with a little less midnight meditation. [May 2003, p.121]

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
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  1. kingstoop
    Jun 29, 2005
    10
    what a refreshing sound. for any time- hi fi lo fi tenderdelia
  2. PattyW
    May 30, 2003
    8
    Daniel's music comes with emotional baggage, giving it a real edge. Power of One is my favourite.
  3. [Anonymous]
    May 28, 2003
    7
    Daniel's songwriting is creative and provocative, however he repeats some words over and over becoming tiresome eg Shine
  4. WierH
    May 26, 2003
    5
    After two nearly flawless solo efforts(and an appropriately atmospheric if not inspiring film score) it's heartbreaking to feel, well, After two nearly flawless solo efforts(and an appropriately atmospheric if not inspiring film score) it's heartbreaking to feel, well, this bored. With songs this lackluster, I shouldn't feel cajoled into putting on headphones to find something to appreciate... Expand

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