• Record Label: Epitaph
  • Release Date: Apr 22, 2003

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Shine is a work of subtlety and hushed intimacy that, at times, barely seems to exist at all. [May 2003, p.109]
  5. 80
    There are a handful of stunning instrumentals, but the revelations here are Lanois' singing and songwriting. [May 2003, p.102]
  6. Midway through, Lanois gets lost in a trio of noodling instrumentals. [2 May 2003, p.71]
  7. He's simply not an authoritative enough singer to give many of his songs the treatment they deserve. Nevertheless, Lanois is an expert craftsman, and Shine is a rewarding, extremely enjoyable album.
  8. 70
    Shine is an intriguing portrait of a civilised chap in turmoil. [Apr 2003, p.110]
  9. The limitations of Lanois’s vocals lend an engaging frailty, leavened with bleak, lonely, instrumental interludes.
  10. Shine is a record meant to be heard on headphones, providing Lanois' signature warm and smudgy vintage sound.
  11. Shine is simultaneously gentle and forceful, letting its dusky melodies and subtle surface tension shape its relatively less inventive subject matter. [June 2003, p.104]
  12. It's here we enter the world of the tame, a land where Sting is king and Phil Collins is raucous.
  13. 50
    After a promising start, the album charts a steep and steady decline into ersatz Bowie and slapdash psychedelia. [#58, p.96]
  14. 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]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. kingstoop
    Jun 29, 2005
    what a refreshing sound. for any time- hi fi lo fi tenderdelia
  2. PattyW
    May 30, 2003
    Daniel's music comes with emotional baggage, giving it a real edge. Power of One is my favourite.
  3. [Anonymous]
    May 28, 2003
    Daniel's songwriting is creative and provocative, however he repeats some words over and over becoming tiresome eg Shine