Shine - Trey Anastasio
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  • Summary: Brendan O'Brien produced the singer's first post-Phish solo record.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. This is for all the listeners who liked Phish's good taste, eclectic nature, and Anastasio's playing, but never liked one of their albums.
  2. Anastasio's crafted the loud-but-tasteful, radio-friendly songs Phish were never able to create. [4 Nov 2005, p.73]
  3. These aren't profound new sounds, but Anastasio embraces proven rock formulas and makes them his own, free from the cul-de-sac jams of Phish and the expectations of fans and drifters. [30 Oct 2005]
  4. Easily the radio-friendliest set ever from the Phish camp.
  5. 60
    There's no jam-band noodling, and Anastasio's indelible head-bobbing cheer is now attached to the kidn of straightforward hooks Phish preferred to twist. [Dec 2005, p.144]
  6. Shine won't win over many nondevotees, but it's also not just a series of launching pads for guitar solos. [3 Nov 2005, p.90]
  7. Though not terrible, Trey Anastasio's latest is miles below what he's done before.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. RyanL
    Nov 15, 2005
    Its easy for a critic to simply do his job and comment on every aspect of an album, but what is difficult is for a critic comment on the authors intent. This album ranks a ten with me because it isnt the words that carry you places. In fact, the only words that ever carry me anywhere are the words of outstanding lyricists like Johnny Cash, David Bowie, and a few good poets. To reject an album because there is a lack of word creativity is ignorant. I believe that by simplifying the words involved with these songs, listeners can focus more on the melodies that bring forth the true passion. I dont think what I am saying is an example of a fan not seeing the truth, ultimately its mr. Anastasio that said it best. "Come as melody", NOT come as words. Expand
  2. MarkyM
    Dec 6, 2005
    you don't know what else this guy's accomplished! he is really an amazing musician, to be able to sing at the same time! be grateful :)
  3. dorkowitz
    Feb 1, 2006
    deeply touching and profound. this is not phish. this is trey. and i give it a 10 -- a ' just press play album.'
  4. SamK
    Nov 9, 2005
    Very much a departure from traditional Trey style, Shine is a much more converntional, structured and polished construction. I like it very much, especially the guitarwork on "Wherever you may find it" Expand
  5. BrooksH
    Nov 3, 2005
    Departure from extended jams, for which he is noted for (with Phish). Clear focus on writing more concise catchy pop songs (average length of songs on the disc are around 4 mins). Trey also takes the reins on writing the lyrics with mixed results. Overall, solid musicianship and writing wins out, although this new directions will surely set-off some dies hard Phish fans. Expand
  6. MattK
    Nov 9, 2005
    I love phish's jams, and even trey's octet cd during the hiatis, but trey seems burnt out and has become a contradiction to why phish broke up in the first place. Trey;s voice will always be beautiful but his guitar solos on shine are just empty with style and character. Mike gordon, please talk to trey! Expand
  7. danielleg
    Nov 3, 2005
    If i were a rock writer, I would award this album no stars. Yes, zero stars.

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