• Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: Apr 28, 2017
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
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  1. May 9, 2017
    80
    Five albums in, Wale remains one of the more mercurial talents in rap, with SHINE serving as further evidence of his abilities as an MC and a reminder of his lyrical radiance.
  2. May 9, 2017
    80
    Beats are enjoyable, ranging from murky piano and trap drums on "Fish n Grits"--despite Travis Scott's painfully sung hook in stark contrast to his killer bars --to absolute winner "Fashion Week," with infectious, sexy vocals laced into the drum line.
  3. May 22, 2017
    60
    Shine isn’t dark. But it feels like an exercise in avoidance as if Wale took the advice to ease up too far.
  4. May 9, 2017
    60
    Sounding revitalized, projecting a mix of gratitude and disgust, Wale breathes new life into an old breakbeat (and a sample from Marvin Gaye's version of "I Wanna Be Where You Are") for a defiantly proud pro-black finale. It should be enough to retain the listeners who strongly prefer the more lyrical, less hedonistic aspects of the Wale discography.
  5. May 9, 2017
    50
    There is a lack of uniqueness in the overall concepts and sonics of the project.

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