Shine

Shine

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by Mary Black
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/1997
Label:
Curb Mod Afw
UPC:
0715187788824
catalogNumber:
77888
Rank:
168353

Tracks

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,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Jerry Marotta   Percussion,Drums
Amy Kanter   Background Vocals
Frank Gallagher   Fiddle,Keyboards,Human Whistle
Bill Shanley   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Larry Klein   Producer
Tony Phillips   Engineer
Don Smith   Engineer
Billy Robinson   Engineer

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Shine 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.