Shine

Shine

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by Estelle
     
 

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The debut album from London native Estelle, 2004's The 18th Day, stalled at number 40 on the U.K. chart. Uneven and tentative but not without a handful of major standouts -- like the wistful and animated "1980," where she displayed her MC'ing chops, and the Mary J. Blige-worthy slow groove "Dance with Me"

Overview

The debut album from London native Estelle, 2004's The 18th Day, stalled at number 40 on the U.K. chart. Uneven and tentative but not without a handful of major standouts -- like the wistful and animated "1980," where she displayed her MC'ing chops, and the Mary J. Blige-worthy slow groove "Dance with Me" -- it wasn't enough to further her label's support. Estelle proposed a John Legend-produced follow-up, which V2 did not approve, so she relocated to the U.S. and secured a deal with Atlantic through Legend's Homeschool boutique label. Capping a cunningly punitive turn of events orchestrated by a once-shunned artist (i.e., "How ya like them apples?"), "American Boy" -- a flirty disco-funk track featuring Kanye West and production from will.i.am, who re-heated the beat from his own "Impatient" -- took a swift route the top of the U.K. pop chart. When Shine was released, just after the chart feat, the song had yet to make as much of a splash in the States; regardless of how the single or the album fares from a commercial standpoint, Estelle can at least be proud of having made a second full-length that builds upon and far outstrips her first. Wyclef Jean and will.i.am produce two songs each, while the remainder is divided between a wide-ranging cast including Mark Ronson, Jack Splash, and Swizz Beats, all of whom produce one track. Through it all, Estelle is the main attraction and is never upstaged or out of her depth, whether she is trading lines with Cee-Lo or Kanye West, switching between singing and rapping on "More Than Friends," or swapping out blissful rocksteady reggae for nerved-up glitz-pop. Most impressive is "So Much Out the Way," where she does the work of at least three vocalists of varying modes, all over a Wyclef concoction that alternates between tautly snapping jazz-funk (courtesy of Louis Johnson's bass from Grover Washington, Jr.'s "Hydra") and Wall of Sound soul (transformed from Bob Marley's "So Much Things to Say"). Not many vocalists could possibly navigate all this terrain without losing a beat, but Estelle has no trouble pulling it off with her versatility and easy-to-like personality. Her second act is ceaselessly enjoyable, one of the finer R&B albums to be released in 2008.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Jody Rosen
The music encompasses rugged modern R&B, dancehall, Sarah Vaughan—style jazz vocalese and, on "No Substitute Love," a reggae—soul—hip—hop torch song.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678995422
catalogNumber:
412860
Rank:
123819

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Estelle   Primary Artist
Anthony Bell   Piano
D. Williams   Horn
Wyclef Jean   Vocals
J. Torres   Horn
will.i.am   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Mark Ronson   Musician
Adam Blackstone   Keyboards
Ben ONeill   Guitar
John Legend   Keyboards,Vocals
Jimmy Coleman   Conga
Jack Splash   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Track Performer
Keezo Kane   Bass,Drums
J. Christian King   Horn
Caleb Speir   Bass
Ryan Bussey   Keyboards
Love Life Orchestra   Track Performer
Conley "Tone" Whitfield   Bass

Technical Credits

Keith Moore   Composer
Wyclef Jean   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Johnny Douglas   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Dean Dixon   Composer
Craig Kallman   Executive Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Arranger,Producer
Neale Easterby   Management
Dominic Morley   Engineer
will.i.am   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Kanye West   Composer
Swizz Beatz   Producer
Drew Dixon   Composer,Executive Producer,Management
Derek Pacuk   Engineer
Mitchum Chin   Composer
Dave Clews   Vocal Programming
Mike Butler   Engineer
Mark Ronson   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Brian Summer   Engineer
Tom Craskey   Composer
Jason Farmer   Composer
Dylan Margerum   Engineer
Eric Wong   Marketing
Thomas Callaway   Composer
John Legend   Executive Producer
Jack Splash   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements
Steve McKie   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Keezo Kane   Producer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer
Caleb Speir   Composer
Padraic "Padlock" Kerin   Engineer
Mike "Nyte" DeSalvo   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Rachelle Dupéré   Art Direction
Pamela Simon   Package Manager
Noemi Farkas   Photo Illustration
Joshua Skubel   Package Manager
West Coast Conservatory   Orchestration
Tiffany Green   Composer
Graham Marsh   Engineer
Rob Gold   Art Manager

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Shine 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG!!!!! This album is a must get. Being from London, one might think of comparisons to Floetry and/or Natasha Bedingfield (I certianly did at first) but comparions will surmount to nothing. Estelle is truly her own woman when it comes to singing and spittin rhymes. Yes folks, she does have the accent, but her talent is what makes this album live up to its title. A mix of fast and smooth (not slow) grooves makes this record dynamite. I cannot simply say enough about this album without going on and on and on- so I won't. Simply stated- five THOUSAND stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cool album, I want this in my collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up Shine after seeing the videos for &quot American Boy&quot and &quot Love Me&quot on Vh1 Soul. I have to say that I'm digging on Estelle, her look, her voice and her versatility. This is the rare CD in that all the songs on it are wonderful. I'm really hoping to hear more from Estelle, and I guess now I have to track down the first CD she released in the UK. Buy this only if interested in hearing a real singer with real talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is so good when you listen
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