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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the British artist features Kanye West on her chart topping single "American Boy."
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 80
    Shine justifies John Legend's signing of her to his Homeschool label and finding producers she could inspire. [Mar 2008, p.112]
  2. It’s a fairly light album and doesn’t do anything new musically, but it’s solid; you don’t feel like it needs to be anything else.
  3. Equally adept at slinging sharp rhymes and jazzy crooning, Estelle has a sweet sense of cool and charm.
  4. The Londoner has constructed something lovable in Shine.
  5. Though she transforms her preferred vocal delivery from a rough street-slang dialect to full-on harmonizing on her new album, Estelle fortunately avoids this condition on most of Shine, though her all-star production staff occasionally allows her split personality layering and superstar guests to crisscross, clutter, and exhaust the mix, particularly on “In the Rain.”
  6. As standout lead single 'American Boy' (on which she raps with West) shows, this could be one of the most unlikely comebacks of 2008.
  7. 40
    Despite the starry cameos and production turns, Shine lacks a little lustre. [May 2008, p.94]

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. RobinsonM.
    Jul 16, 2009
    10
    A great pop album that never will lose the fresh. My favorite are the tracks produced by will.i.am, definitely the biggest producer of nowadays.
  2. PaulC
    May 2, 2008
    8
    One of the best R&B albums I've heard in a while. My only complaint is that while "American Boy" is a hot track, some of the other One of the best R&B albums I've heard in a while. My only complaint is that while "American Boy" is a hot track, some of the other tracks near it, but not enough. This album is far from perfect, but should've scored higher in my opinion. Expand