Shine - Estelle
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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the British artist features Kanye West on her chart topping single "American Boy."
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Don't be fooled into thinking it's the big American names that are carrying this record, because her lyrical wit, seductive soul vocals and Brit charm offensive prove she is strong enough to punch above her weight.
  2. The Londoner has constructed something lovable in Shine.
  3. Equally adept at slinging sharp rhymes and jazzy crooning, Estelle has a sweet sense of cool and charm.
  4. Her second act is ceaselessly enjoyable, one of the finer R&B albums to be released in 2008.
  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. Mostly it's quality urban pop that achieves its goal, but by sacrificing her personality. [Apr 2008, p.107]
  7. Shine remains a terribly average r'n'b album that occasionally flickers with possibility, but never burns brightly enough to matter.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 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 tracks near it, but not enough. This album is far from perfect, but should've scored higher in my opinion. Expand