Shine

  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: Apr 29, 2008
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. As standout lead single 'American Boy' (on which she raps with West) shows, this could be one of the most unlikely comebacks of 2008.
  2. Q Magazine
    60
    Mostly it's quality urban pop that achieves its goal, but by sacrificing her personality. [Apr 2008, p.107]
  3. Unfortunately, these effervescent uptempo tracks give way to same-y filler including 'Back In Love' and 'In the Rain,' but songs like 'Pretty Please (Love Me)' are sure to appeal to fans of retro-revisionists Amy Winehouse, Duffy, and even Gnarls Barkley.
  4. Shine remains a terribly average r'n'b album that occasionally flickers with possibility, but never burns brightly enough to matter.
  5. Uncut
    40
    Despite the starry cameos and production turns, Shine lacks a little lustre. [May 2008, p.94]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  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. Full Review »