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Since we last heard from Shawn Mullins on 2008’s honeydew, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and bandleader has undergone a series of transformative experiences, leading to a second coming for the veteran artist. Evidence of Mullins’ newfound level of musical and lyrical ambition courses comes through with Light You Up (Vanguard Records, October 12). This captivating new song ... Read more in Amazon's Shawn Mullins Store

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  • Audio CD (March 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony/Columbia
  • ASIN: B00005V8DC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,847,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Up All Night
2. Everywhere I Go
3. Amy's Eyes
4. Somethin To Believe In
5. Valentine
6. Lonesome I Know You Too Well
7. I Know
8. We Run
9. North On 95
10. Yellow Dog Song
11. Santa Fe
12. Hold On
13. Time
14. Where's Johnny (Bonus Track)
15. Beside You (Bonus Track)
16. Border Song (Bonus Track)

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Asian version featuring 3 bonus tracks: Where's Johnny, Beside You, & Border Song

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I look forward to buying his previous CD's as well.
Jag-Nut-E
Can't say enough good things, so many great songs, so many different feels to each song.
kokana
I first fell in love with Shawn Mullins with "Lullabye".
Sara T. Petersen

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was nervous about buying Beneath the Velvet Sun because I was afraid that it wouldn't live up to Soul's Core. Like Soul's Core, this new CD speaks to many different people on many different levels. Mullins has created more music that can inspire people, help them through hard times, help express their feelings, help them feel good; Beneath the Velvet Sun just touches the soul, draws it out, comforts it. 'Somethin' to Believe In', 'Valentine', 'Lonesome, I Know You Too Well' are a few of the more touching songs. However, Mullins doesn't lose all of his 'folk' sound; that's represented too. I think it's a well-rounded CD that shows Shawn's growth in his art, as well as discretely revealing what many of us are unable to do, even if we won't admit it.
It just gets better every time I listen to it. I think it's a must for any Shawn Mullin's collection. Enjoy the feeling.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The return of Shawn Mullins after a 2-year recording break brings a more polished, pop, and a definitely more corporate Shawn trying to reach a broader audience. Is this another Soul's Core? - no, there is no Shimmer or Twin Rocks Oregon. Is this an Eggshells? - no, there is no Joshua or Where's Johnny. But make no mistake of it - this CD has unique and strong qualities and exhibits some potential classics in "North on 95", "Valentine" and the catchy "I Know" (Shelby Lynn on background vocals-wow!). The pop exists in the single "Everywhere I Go" and "Up All Night" (why they failed to have the jazzy/blues ending carry on longer is too bad) - both solid strong top 40 type tunes. "We Run" is a strong gospel like powerful ballad written with his wife and "Santa Fe" actually sounds like late 1970's Eagles revisted - who has ever managed that? In any event, this CD is the next step - in the right direction - for an extremely talented singer, songwriter capable of something innovative with every new recording.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Blight on February 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I became a Shawn Mullins fan when I bought "Soul's Core" a couple of years ago. I liked "Soul's Core" so much that I also later purchased "The First Ten Years" when it came out. On both of these albums, Shawn's talent as a consummate singer/songwriter is manifested.
It was an instant decision for me, therefore, to buy "Beneath the Velvet Sun" as soon as it was released. I am continually impressed by this disc because it is nothing less than a continuation of Shawn's growth as an artist. Every song on this album is excellent. Shawn has paid a lot of attention to packaging his songs here, so the sound is more "big band" and polished than his earlier work, but it it sounds SO GOOD. His straight, honest lyrics and his trademark acoustic guitar, coupled with soaring melodies laced at times with his exquisite falsetto -- it's all here. These songs showcase his strength and versatility as a songwriter.
From the beginning, Shawn has been a musician who is more interested in art than in pleasing the masses. Although he achieved great success with "Soul's Core," (due mostly to one song, "Lullaby") this album is evidence that Shawn hasn't sold out to the recording industry. He has obviously maintained his emphasis on writing songs because they are good songs; he's not writing songs that are merely replicated sounds from the narrow confines of FM radio.
Hats off to Shawn for his achievement on this album. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Don McCullen on January 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Looking at the cover of Shawn Mullins' latest release "Beneath The Velvet Sun," Mullins tends to be thinner and has a clean-cut image than his pervious album covers. Although his latest album is more polished than what he has done doing his 11 years of recording and performing, Mullins does not compromise his musical integrity. His mix of Folk, Rock, Blues, Country, mixed in with a tad of Hip Hop makes this record a godsend for those who enjoy intelligent music.
Highlights include his recent hit "Everywhere I Go," a contemporary rock piece in which Mullins promises to take the one he love with him everywhere he might go, yet he is doubtful if she has the same feelings for him. "If I toss were I lay, I might turn her away. So I try to fall dreamin' someday."
The Atlanta Symphony String Quartet performs with Mullins on the songs "We Run" and closing piece on the CD "Time." While the entire string section of the Atlanta Symphony performs on the upbeat Country-Rock tune "North On 95."
For those who enjoy down the earth country music, check out the tracks "Lonesome I Know You Too Well" and which Mullins deals with loneness while playing in a bar in some unnamed town, and "Yellow Dog Song" is about three strangers that Mullins sees on his journeys. A young man driving an old car, an old man working the nightshift, and a girl walking a yellow dog. Naturally.
"Up All Night" uses the all too familiar rhythmic track used in hits by Alanis Morissette (You Learn) and Meredith Brooks, but the use of a ragtime piano and Mullins spoken rap makes this song a worthwhile gem. He also incorporates Trip Hop bests along with his usually Folk Rock style in the songs "Valentine" and "Santa Fe."
Beneath The Velvet Sun is a continuation of what Shawn Mullins did before he signed to a major label. If you enjoyed "Soul's Core" or any of his independent releases, you will enjoy going "Beneath The Velvet Sun."
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