Shine Through It

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like many actors, Terrence Howard has been playing music for as long as he's been singing -- it just so happened that his breakthrough film role was an Oscar-nominated turn as a rapper in Hustle & Flow, a role that blurred the lines between actor and musician and helped lead to a major-label contract for Howard. Hustle & Flow may have opened the doors for Howard but it should in no way be considered as an indication of what can be heard on his debut Shine Through It, as this is grandly, absurdly ambitious, symphonic folk-soul, inadvertently reminiscent of another Terence, Terence Trent D'Arby. Like TTD, Terrence Howard refuses to see borders in music, an...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like many actors, Terrence Howard has been playing music for as long as he's been singing -- it just so happened that his breakthrough film role was an Oscar-nominated turn as a rapper in Hustle & Flow, a role that blurred the lines between actor and musician and helped lead to a major-label contract for Howard. Hustle & Flow may have opened the doors for Howard but it should in no way be considered as an indication of what can be heard on his debut Shine Through It, as this is grandly, absurdly ambitious, symphonic folk-soul, inadvertently reminiscent of another Terence, Terence Trent D'Arby. Like TTD, Terrence Howard refuses to see borders in music, an admirable trait that leads him to create a record that plays like neither fish nor fowl filtered through Sade and James Taylor. With a dash of Cab Calloway. And lots of flute. Plus a children's choir on occasion. They don't make albums like this anymore -- in fact, it's unclear if they ever made records like this, for as clear as Howard's influences are, he assembles them in bewildering ways, where his juxtapositions of folk, bossa nova, jazz, and soul seem as accidental as they are intentional. Ambition is not Howard's problem -- if anything, he has too much of it -- but execution is, as Shine Through It swings between sharp, tight songs and shapeless noodling. Howard seems most effective on a smaller scale, like on the bluesy evocative "Mr. Johnson's Lawn," as the splashier tunes have the tendency to feel underdeveloped or say simple things absurdly elaborately -- but Shine Through It just wouldn't make sense if it was scaled down, as grandiosity comes so naturally to Howard he doesn't quite seem to realize that his clichés, both lyrical and musical, were not invented by him. And while that can frequently be maddening and not a little bit pompous, it is also undeniably interesting, at once a quintessential oddity and a strangely promising debut.
New York Times - Anthony DeCurtis
His delivery bristles with emotion, the elegance of the instrumentation and the smoothness of the arrangements cushioning the rawness of his expression. Like watching Mr. Howard move gracefully through his film roles, you wait for the outbursts of feeling, even during the quietest moments. It’s a tension that comes naturally to Mr. Howard, and that roughens the edges of Shine Through It.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2008
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 886970959629
  • Catalog Number: 709596
  • Sales rank: 148,993

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Makes You Beautiful (5:18)
  2. 2 Shine Through It (3:49)
  3. 3 Mr. Johnson's Lawn (4:54)
  4. 4 Sanctuary (4:45)
  5. 5 No. 1 Fan (4:59)
  6. 6 Spanish Love Affair (4:55)
  7. 7 Plenty (3:42)
  8. 8 I Remember When (3:11)
  9. 9 It's All Game (4:47)
  10. 10 She Was Mine (4:05)
  11. 11 War (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Terrence Howard Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, megaphone, Guitar (Nylon String)
Kenneth Crouch Synthesizer, Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord, Timpani, Mellotron, Vibes, Tubular Bells, Toy Piano
Renee Neufville Background Vocals
Chris Lea Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Matt Roberts Guitar, Soloist
Nir Z. Drums
Serafin Aguilar Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Fanny Franklin Background Vocals
Kamasi Washington Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Elizabeth Lea Trombone
Tom Lea Viola, Human Whistle
Danielle Ondarza French Horn
William Q. Barrett Harmonica
Justin Avery fender rhodes
Aaron McLendon Percussion, Drums, Hand Clapping, Shaker
Danti Lopez Timbales
Henry Hank Harris Guitar
William Barrett Harmonica
Ross Garrin Harmonica
Hunter Howard Background Vocals
Danvy Pham Vocals
KC Haxton Hand Clapping
Ilsey Juber Background Vocals
Aubrey Howard Vocals
Patrice Quinn Background Vocals
Igmar Thomas Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Miles Mosley Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, fender rhodes, Upright Bass, Hammond B3
Technical Credits
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Jamie Siegel Engineer
Serafin Aguilar Horn Arrangements
Kamasi Washington Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Tom Lea Arranger, String Arrangements, Whistle
Terrence Howard Arranger, Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Maria P. Marulanda Art Direction
Miles Mosley Arranger, Audio Production, Whistle
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