by Martina McBride


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Shine is Martina McBride's first recording in two years, following up her successful album Waking Up Laughing. While the previous album was entirely self-produced -- a rare reward in Nashville, but one McBride earned with a string of platinum selling recordings -- on this set she is listed as a co-producer with the veteran Dan Huff. As is customary, husband John recorded and engineered the set. McBride has long been associated with anthemic songs, and an album by her without them would seem incomplete; in other words, there have to be real showcases for that incredibly powerful singing voice of hers, and Shine is no exception. The album's first single, "I Just Call You Mine," has the big swelling choruses, enormous string arrangements, wailing electric guitars, and singing pedal steel -- all with larger than life drums by Matt Chamberlain -- fits that bill. The set opener, "Wrong Baby Wrong," is another trope in McBride's arsenal in that it contains an uplifiting message of perseverance in tough times all set to a catchy, insistent, guitar-based rocker complete with power chords in the intro. What's most compelling about Shine, though, is its sound. In many ways, McBride has always been among the most contemporary sounding of her peers while always maintaining a sound of her own. Not so this time out. In fact, this disc sounds more like a Keith Urban record than it does one of McBride's. And that's not necessarily a criticism, just a bit of a shock. Musically it's consistent all the way through. The songs are all of a piece and flow seamlessly from one another. Textures are also remarkably similar, but the difference is the rock & roll sound at the heart of Shine. And make no mistake, McBride can sing rock as well as anything else she sets her mind to. Check the wildly celebratory single "Ride," with its shuffling, big drums and chugging guitars (which feel almost like outtakes from .38 Special's hit book) and the gradually ascending chorus. That said, even the ballads come across with a very modern slant -- check the faux Celtic "Wild Rebel Rose," or the breakup anthem "Walk Away," that gives way to rock in the chorus with its Urban-esque banjo textures flowing through the drums, pedal steel and power chords with a lilting fiddle tag. The set closes with another McBride trademark, the big, sophisticated adult contemporary ballad disguised as contemporary country music -- the one thing here Keith Urban wouldn't attempt on one of his own records: "Lies." A lone piano accompanies the vocalist through a heartwrenching verse. It threatens to explode at every turn, especially when the strings enter, but the tension just builds as synths, a slow, funereal snare and bass drum, and a dollop of acoustic guitar come in. Finally, two thirds of the way through, it does, but it's McBride's voice exploding over the top of the instrumentation that never competes with her. It remains staid so she can allow the catharsis to come pouring out. This is a solid, consistent date all the way through that is evidence of McBride's long chart success.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/2009
Label: Rca
UPC: 0886973419021
catalogNumber: 734190

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martina McBride   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Violin
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Dann Huff   Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Charles Judge   Percussion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Chris McHugh   Drums
Nashville String Machine   Strings,Track Performer
Steve Nathan   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Clavinet
Pamela Sixfin   Violin,Concert Master
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Glenn Worf   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Mandolin
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Tim Akers   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Carole Neuen-Rabinowitz   Cello
Karen Winkelmann   Violin
Jerry Flowers   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Carolyn Dawn Johnson   Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky   Banjo,Bouzouki,Mandolin
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Sarah Buxton   Background Vocals
Jenifer Wrinkle   Background Vocals
Kirsten Cassel   Cello
Donald Clive Davidson   Violin

Technical Credits

Robert Ellis Orrall   Composer
Martina McBride   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Steve Bishir   Engineer
Jess Cates   Composer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Dann Huff   Producer,Audio Production
Dennis Matkosky   Composer
Gerald O'Brien   Composer
Darrell Scott   Composer
Neil Thrasher   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Andrew Dorff   Composer
Michael Davey   Composer
Gordie Sampson   Composer
Ty Lacy   Composer
Tia Sillers   Composer
Mark Irwin   Composer
Michael Dulaney   Composer
Allen Ditto   Engineer
Brad Warren   Composer
Brett Warren   Composer
Scott McDaniel   Art Direction
Tania Hancheroff   Composer
Jesse Walker   Composer
Tammie Harris Cleek   Imaging
John McBride   Engineer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Troy Verges   Composer
Catt Gravitt   Composer
Judy Forde Blair   Liner Notes,Creative Producer
Nathan Chapman   Composer
Josh Kear   Composer
Liz Rose   Composer
David Paul Campbell   String Arrangements
Stephen Barker Liles   Composer
Chris A. Robbins   Composer
Chris Tompkins   Composer

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