Shine [UTV]

Shine [UTV]

     
 
Subtitled "Vol. 1," this is the first in a proposed series of Shine! albums to focus on "new and edgy alternative acts," as the press release states. Not surprisingly, 12 of the disc's 18 selections -- all from different artists and dating from 1996 through 1999 -- derive from releases under the enormous Universal umbrella of labels. But, since that encompasses

Overview

Subtitled "Vol. 1," this is the first in a proposed series of Shine! albums to focus on "new and edgy alternative acts," as the press release states. Not surprisingly, 12 of the disc's 18 selections -- all from different artists and dating from 1996 through 1999 -- derive from releases under the enormous Universal umbrella of labels. But, since that encompasses such a wide assortment of music, there's no shortage of solid selections here, all of which easily fall into the rather loose concept unifying these songs. Only a few of the tracks are from established singers, and even their choices are relatively offbeat. Things get off to a rousing start with Blur's instantly catchy ("Wha-HOO!") "Song 2." Continuing in the recognizable name column, Moby's hard-edged, funky "Bodyrock," Sublime's sunny, reggaefied "Santeria," Days of the New's "Touch, Peel and Stand," and Garbage's pure pop "Special" are good examples of hook-heavy, radio-ready, alternative rock prickly enough to appeal to fringe music aficionados yet cross over to a wider audience, although Shirley Manson and her boys hover perilously close to mainstream. Acts bubbling under in 2000 like Supergrass, Oleander, Jimmy's Chicken Shack, Stroke 9, and Underworld have established alt-credibility, and even though their tracks aren't major hits, they are representative of the genre. Besides Garbage, Tracey Bonham ("Behind Every Good Woman"), Leona Ness, and Republica (with 1996's "Ready to Go," one of the album's oldest cuts) ably represent the female end of melodic alt-rock. In the "never heard of 'em before" category is Collapsis, Pound, and Primer 55, all of who turn in strong performances of their most concise, singalong tunes. Sort of a sample hour of a groovy, non-existent, contemporary radio station without the intrusive DJs or commercials, Shine! is a consistently enjoyable sampler. Even though it's bereft of liner notes or individual personnel listings, it's an intriguing and representative collection of ear-catching late-'90s, commercial alternative music.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731454525527
catalogNumber:
545255

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blur   Track Performer
Moby   Track Performer
Monster Magnet   Track Performer
Underworld   Track Performer
Definition of Sound   Track Performer
Supergrass   Track Performer
Republica   Track Performer
Garbage   Track Performer
Sublime   Track Performer
Tracy Bonham   Track Performer
Days of the New   Track Performer
Jimmie's Chicken Shack   Track Performer
Oleander   Track Performer
Freestylers   Track Performer
Pound   Track Performer
Stroke 9   Track Performer
Collapsis   Track Performer
Leona Naess   Track Performer
Primer   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Moby   Composer
G. Jackson   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
B.J. Robinson   Composer

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