Spontaneous, vibrant, and lyrically stimulating, Shawn Mullins scores big with his passionate messages and his flair for natural storytelling that touches the core of the listener's soul. Mullins brings together ten years of hard work and a respected musician's ethic for the release of the aptly entitled Soul's Core, his first record on a major label. The Columbia release is ethereal, rich in narrative, and, though overly produced at times, filled with expressive instrumental work. Mullins lets his scratchy and deeply resonating voice blend in smoothly with his six-string guitar and fellow bandmates. The opening track, "Anchored in You," takes off with an uplifting message of newfound love and fresh hope, raising the listener to clear skies. Singing "I'm stoned in San Francisco with you on my mind" may have been the net to catch this song away from radio airplay, though the melody feels free in a euphoric sense. The radio airplay hit "Lullaby" mentions a girl who is feeling depressed, crying out for a life away from her upbringing, a life full of Hollywood days and movie star-filled nights. Other tunes carry stories filled with strength lying in the lyrics' character development, such as "Gulf of Mexico." Singing about liquor stores, deserted boardwalks, holy waterfalls, and lost highways, Mullins makes no excuses not to touch on very human circumstances. "I heard a voice from my soul's core, saying freedom's just a metaphor" is certainly a lyric deemed powerful and meaningful in scope. "September in Seattle" is a driving tune branded with a gospel finish, polished with joyous melodic vocal statements. The story of a man of 37 who's been riding trains for 15 years -- lost in his journey to find the ocean and smell the salt of the sea -- encompasses the tune "Twin Rocks, Oregon." On a perilous journey to be found and to find one's self, the man -- though offered a ride to the San Francisco Bay -- decides to stay and catch the next train and "dream his life away." Other bright spots on this record deserve an attentive listen, including the dreamy, haunting "On a Rainy Night," the soulful "Soul Child," and the heartwarming "You Mean Everything to Me." "Shimmer," a song of optimism and encouragement, will always bring delight and joy to the suffering listener, encouraging everyone human to realize we were born to shimmer and shine, born to radiate. A touching song in a more personal way is the letter dedicated to friend Patrick Cosgrove. Fans of Mullins will be sure to capture the moment and seize this time, while wrapping their arms and ears around the record for a listen.
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Performance CreditsShawn Mullins Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Voices,Multi Instruments,Track Performer
Rob Gal Drums,Electric Guitar
David LaBruyere Bass
Don McCollister Bass
Travis Aaron McNabb Drums
David Patterson Strings,Electric Guitar
Shelly Yakus Vocals
Mike West Banjo,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Multi Instruments,Banjolin
Brandon Bush Organ,Piano,Clavichord,Drums,Multi Instruments,Wurlitzer
Glenn Matullo Vocals,Hand Clapping
Kevin Leahy Drums
Shelley Yankus Background Vocals
Myshkin Mandolin,Background Vocals
Chad Franscoviak Vocals,Hand Clapping
Technical CreditsPeter Collins Producer
Russ Fowler Producer,Engineer
Shawn Mullins Producer
Brandon Bush Contributor,drum programming
Gail Marowitz Art Direction
Glenn Matullo Producer,Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought Soul's Core for my sister shortly after "Lullaby" began playing on the radio. Before long, though, I was playing it so much myself that I needed to get a copy of my own. This is my favorite Shawn Mullins album, and one of favorite albums of all time. I can listen to it for hours on end. Shawn Mullins' voice is beautiful: scratchy and deep with a richness that allows him to evoke melancholy, joy, tenderness, and anger with equal ease. And he uses that voice to remarkable effect in every one of the songs on this album. I love them all, but the near-spoken narrative of "Twin Rocks, Oregon" and the spare, longing warmth of "You Mean Everything to Me" are particular favorites.
This is the best CD I have ever purchaced! Shawn keep it up I can really relate to your music, thank you for the feeling I get whenever I listen to this CD!!
Dear Shawn, I love the album, but I did tell you if you spelled my name wrong. I would bust your chops for it. It's Kellie, let's not forget about it! Guess I had a little way of making a mark through a little hidden talent (; I do wish I knew if Lullaby captured his heart or not. Of course I had no idea that he would become who he is today. I miss the closeness that he and I once had. If you keep in touch with him, please tell him that I feel like we both lost out.
Just for your info. Shawn Mullins did not write ''Lullaby'' with any girl in mind who was looking for the limelight with the stars. She was writing with him for a close friend to let him know he would always have a special place in her heart, much as Shawn Mullins does for haveing done it for her... Kellie