Shine [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678995422
  • Catalog Number: 412860
  • Sales rank: 125,187

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wait a Minute (Just a Touch) (3:41)
  2. 2 No Substitute Love (3:33)
  3. 3 American Boy (4:44)
  4. 4 More Than Friends (4:24)
  5. 5 Magnificent (3:56)
  6. 6 Come Over (3:41)
  7. 7 So Much Out the Way (4:04)
  8. 8 In the Rain (4:08)
  9. 9 Back in Love (4:01)
  10. 10 You Are (3:30)
  11. 11 Pretty Please (Love Me) (3:58)
  12. 12 Shine (3:49)
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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
Dave Jutch Mastering
Joshua Skubel Package Manager
West Coast Conservatory Orchestration
Tiffany Green Composer
Graham Marsh Engineer
Rob Gold Art Manager
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic Find

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very good

    it is so good when you listen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NICE!

    Cool album, I want this in my collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DO NOT PASS THIS UP!!!!!!!!!

    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.

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