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All Music Guide - Vik Iyengar
Mary Black abandons her usual sound and production on Shine, an album of songs recorded in Los Angeles with local session musicians. At the production helm is studio veteran Larry Klein who has worked with Peter Gabriel and Joni Mitchell, and he aided in selecting songs from a new crop of songwriters. Most notably, Mary Black sings five songs by David Gray, a gifted songwriter who would later break into the mainstream with 1999's White Ladder. The first half of Shine is a strong collection of songs that rank among her best work, with the uplifting title track and "Almost Gone" as the highlights. The second half is a bit uneven as slow ballads are sandwiched between ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Vik Iyengar
Mary Black abandons her usual sound and production on Shine, an album of songs recorded in Los Angeles with local session musicians. At the production helm is studio veteran Larry Klein who has worked with Peter Gabriel and Joni Mitchell, and he aided in selecting songs from a new crop of songwriters. Most notably, Mary Black sings five songs by David Gray, a gifted songwriter who would later break into the mainstream with 1999's White Ladder. The first half of Shine is a strong collection of songs that rank among her best work, with the uplifting title track and "Almost Gone" as the highlights. The second half is a bit uneven as slow ballads are sandwiched between harder-edged tracks. Despite the fuller sound and the presence of electric guitar, most of the songs work and it is refreshing to hear Mary Black try something new. However, she often stretches her voice and, therefore, loses some of the subtleties that are her trademark. The hidden track "Dancers in the Dark" shows that she has not abandoned spare acoustic arrangements, and it appears that this was a one-album experiment. Fans will definitely want to get this album, but casual listeners should start elsewhere.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/1997
  • Label: Curb Mod Afw
  • UPC: 715187788824
  • Catalog Number: 77888
  • Sales rank: 355,100

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary Black Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Paul Brady Vocals
Jim Cox Organ
Pat Crowley Organ, Piano, Accordion
Garvan Gallagher Bass
Larry Klein Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Michael Landau Electric Guitar
Greg Leisz Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Jerry Marotta Percussion, Drums
Amy Kanter Background Vocals
Frank Gallagher Fiddle, Keyboards, Human Whistle
Bill Shanley Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Larry Klein Producer
Tony Phillips Engineer
Don Smith Engineer
Billy Robinson Engineer
Amy Kanter Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If It Aint Broke, Don't Fix It

    As a hardcore Mary fan, brought up on her music, this album was a disappointment. The choice of instrumentation was over-experimental and the choice of material seemed largely mediocre compared to her usual fare. However, where the album is good, it's really good: Richard Thompson's "I Misunderstood," Paul Brady's "I Will Be There" which he collaborated on via a phone line all the way from Australia, and "Beautiful" all work well and stand up there with "No Frontiers" and her other classics. If you're a true fan, give it a spin, but if you're new to Mary go for "Babes In The Wood" for a more consistant introduction.

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