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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Producer extraordinaire Daniel Lanois is a master of atmosphere. He's produced classics from U2 The Joshua Tree, Bob Dylan Time out of Mind, Peter Gabriel So, and Emmylou Harris Wrecking Ball. He cloaks sounds in dense but detailed layers of swampy reverb and gauzy harmonies. Shine, his third solo album and his first since 1993's For the Beauty of Wynona, is a work of remarkable understatement and beauty. Lanois grew up in Quebec playing pedal steel guitar, and his music is anchored in French-Canadian folk ballads as well as a gumbo of rootsy styles, from country ballads to earthy blues to gentle rock 'n' roll. Shine opens with two star cameos: Emmylou Harris provides ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Producer extraordinaire Daniel Lanois is a master of atmosphere. He's produced classics from U2 The Joshua Tree, Bob Dylan Time out of Mind, Peter Gabriel So, and Emmylou Harris Wrecking Ball. He cloaks sounds in dense but detailed layers of swampy reverb and gauzy harmonies. Shine, his third solo album and his first since 1993's For the Beauty of Wynona, is a work of remarkable understatement and beauty. Lanois grew up in Quebec playing pedal steel guitar, and his music is anchored in French-Canadian folk ballads as well as a gumbo of rootsy styles, from country ballads to earthy blues to gentle rock 'n' roll. Shine opens with two star cameos: Emmylou Harris provides harmonies on the fetching ballad "I Love You," and Bono shares the lead and the writing credit for the slowly rolling "Falling at Your Feet." Good as those songs are, the real attraction here is Lanois's intimate voice and his restrained but evocative guitar playing throughout the album. From the gospel blues "As Tears Roll By," which Lanois sings in a vulnerable falsetto, to the soulful yearnings of "Sometimes" and "Slow Giving," to the weary prayer of "San Juan," Shine dazzles with rich textures and shimmering melodies.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Thirty seconds into "I Love You," the first track off of Shine, Daniel Lanois' warm, watery guitar signature is already unmistakable, even before his voice entwines ecstatically with Emmylou Harris'. Shine is the third Lanois album to appear under his own name, and his first in a decade. What is immediately startling about Shine is how spare it is. There is a plethora of sounds and textures to be sure, but they are suspended in space, looking not outside to communicate but toward the heart as a mirror, as if to make certain that the music played is not necessarily accurate but is true. Folk, country, blues, psychedelia, and atmosphere are wound together into an inseparable knot. Lanois played almost all of the instruments here, with the exception of drums, handled by Brian Blade and occasionally his brother, Brady. Other musicians, such as longtime musical collaborator Malcolm Burn and bassist Darryl Johnson, make appearances. Beginning with "I Love You," with its acceptance and pleading need lent great credence by Harris' singing and on into "Falling at Your Feet," a duet co-written with U2's Bono during the All That You Can't Leave Behind sessions, to the third track, "As Tears Go By," with a sampled guitar line by blues guitar legend Charley Patton, it is clear that Lanois is writing from a place more vulnerable, more spiritually conscious, and yet more strident than ever before. Where Acadie was full of warmth and intimacy, it felt like a collection of songs that had been assembled from many sessions. For the Beauty of Wynona, with all of its experimentation and poetic songwriting, was a far more unified project, but it was reliant on its wide-ranging sonic attack to support those adventurous words and melodies. Here, everything is balanced; the scope is small, close, and textured by pedal steel guitars, very organic percussion, and Lanois' voice way up front. On the instrumentals, such as "Transmitter," "Matador," "Space Kay," and the closer, "JJ Leaves La," the same whispering feel is evident. The songs on Shine feel like confessions, prayers even, not only to a superior being, but to lovers, full of brokenness and the willingness to learn and heal; they are wrapped in the soil of North America, from Montreal to Mexico; they feel rooted in not only the earth, but in spirituality and a willingness to open to the forces of the heart itself. The instrumentals create a sense of movement through time and space to anchor the intent of the vocal tracks. His instincts are nearly perfect: When the weight of a particular series of songs begins to move the listener too far in one direction, an instrumental or two appears, allowing one to drift in its ambience for a short time. After a pair of instrumentals "Matador" and "Space Kay", "Slow Giving" and "Fire" are hymns to unseen angels who may indeed represent living characters or those who've passed after imparting some gift. Clearly Lanois' protagonist relies on them heavily in the dark times with a lyricism that is sophisticated, literate, poetic, and soulful. That's a rare combination. The album closes with the pedal steel tune "JJ Leaves LA." The steel guitar was Lanois' first instrument, and its gentility and sweetness are tempered only by its pervasive melancholy, leaving the listener with a sense of bittersweet longing and a sense that some kind of story has been told, a series of snapshots have been shown that reveal something, postcards have been sent and arrived unexpectedly, and the only way to unravel the mystery is play the record again.
New York Times - Mac Randall
[Shine] mines several genres — folk, country, soul, psychedelic rock — while consistently maintaining a cerebral, ethereal, haunted atmosphere that often seems more important than the particulars of any single song.
Rolling Stone - Richard Abowitz
Shine has more than Lanois' famous polish; it achieves a real quiet beauty.

[Shine] mines several genres — folk, country, soul, psychedelic rock — while consistently maintaining a cerebral, ethereal, haunted atmosphere that often seems more important than the particulars of any single song.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • Label: Anti
  • UPC: 045778666126
  • Catalog Number: 86661

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Love You (4:31)
  2. 2 Falling at Your Feet (3:41)
  3. 3 As Tears Roll By (3:55)
  4. 4 Sometimes (2:28)
  5. 5 Shine (3:30)
  6. 6 Transmitter (3:08)
  7. 7 San Juan (2:33)
  8. 8 Matador (5:02)
  9. 9 Space Key (2:01)
  10. 10 Slow Giving (3:52)
  11. 11 Fire (3:38)
  12. 12 Power of One (3:43)
  13. 13 JJ Leaves LA (4:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daniel Lanois Primary Artist
Charley Patton Musician
Emmylou Harris Musician
Brian Blade Musician
Bono Musician
Malcolm Burn Musician
Darryl Johnson Musician
Tony Mangurian Musician
Rev. Brady Blade Musician
Aaron Embry Musician
Technical Credits
Mark Howard Engineer
Wayne Lorenz Engineer
Doug Sax Contributor
Danny Clinch Cover Photo
Robert Hadley Contributor
Jennifer Tipoulow Engineer
Adam Samuels Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    There's more than meets the eye..or ear, here

    Daniel Lanois has recorded a string of fine tunes on his latest album: "Shine". My personal favourites are "Sometimes" - It's a gem! - and the instrumentals, which are a sheer joy to listen to. You get carried away, easily. And everything is so masterfully honed and produced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I can't feel my legs

    So far from what I've heard from this cd, it sounds to be a great new album from someone we've all come to respect and admire in the music industry. The production is smooth and the instrumentation is beautiful. Marvin, fetch me my sausages. I once kept an old sneaker that was owned by Don Knotts. It's time to go hog wild with the lemon flavored pudding, fellas. I enjoy aerosmith a lot more these days, now that they have been castrated and lobotomized. The hair in my nose has grown so long that I formed it into a handlebar moustache. Any questions, folks? Who wants to go out for mini-tacos? This cd features a lot of nice guest appearances, especially the song with Bono. There is also a great tune that features like an afro-cuban sound to it. The cd is very well produced and a very welcomed comeback from Mr. Lanois.

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