by Daniel Lanois
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Producer extraordinaire Daniel Lanois is a master of atmosphere. He's produced classics from U2 (The Joshua Tree), Bob Dylan (Time out of Mind), Peter Gabriel (So), and Emmylou Harris (Wrecking Ball). He cloaks sounds in dense but detailed layers of swampy reverb and gauzy harmonies. Shine, his third solo album and his first since 1993's For the Beauty of Wynona, is a work of remarkable understatement and beauty. Lanois grew up in Quebec playing pedal steel guitar, and his music is anchored in French-Canadian folk ballads as well as a gumbo of rootsy styles, from country ballads to earthy blues to gentle rock 'n' roll. Shine opens with two star cameos: Emmylou Harris provides harmonies on the fetching ballad "I Love You," and Bono shares the lead (and the writing credit) for the slowly rolling "Falling at Your Feet." Good as those songs are, the real attraction here is Lanois's intimate voice and his restrained but evocative guitar playing throughout the album. From the gospel blues "As Tears Roll By," which Lanois sings in a vulnerable falsetto, to the soulful yearnings of "Sometimes" and "Slow Giving," to the weary prayer of "San Juan," Shine dazzles with rich textures and shimmering melodies.

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Release Date: 04/22/2003
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778666126
catalogNumber: 86661

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Shine 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Daniel Lanois has recorded a string of fine tunes on his latest album: "Shine". My personal favourites are "Sometimes" - It's a gem! - and the instrumentals, which are a sheer joy to listen to. You get carried away, easily. And everything is so masterfully honed and produced.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So far from what I've heard from this cd, it sounds to be a great new album from someone we've all come to respect and admire in the music industry. The production is smooth and the instrumentation is beautiful. Marvin, fetch me my sausages. I once kept an old sneaker that was owned by Don Knotts. It's time to go hog wild with the lemon flavored pudding, fellas. I enjoy aerosmith a lot more these days, now that they have been castrated and lobotomized. The hair in my nose has grown so long that I formed it into a handlebar moustache. Any questions, folks? Who wants to go out for mini-tacos? This cd features a lot of nice guest appearances, especially the song with Bono. There is also a great tune that features like an afro-cuban sound to it. The cd is very well produced and a very welcomed comeback from Mr. Lanois.