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Shine Limited Edition

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The man responsible for some of the greatest albums of the last twenty years presents his third and finest solo release. Daniel Lanois’ Shine is warm, organic and dazzling; the songs run the gamut from melodic roots/pop to distinctive, pedal steel fueled instrumentals. One listen to Shine, and you will hear how artists from U2 to Bob Dylan to Peter Gabriel have benefited from Daniel's unique talents.

Daniel Lanois, while a prolific producer, is is a frustratingly sporadic recording artist. He’s also a surprising one, given that the albums he has produced (think of The Joshua Tree, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, So, Oh Mercy) are characterized by surging, luxuriant audioscapes, his own works are resolutely modest. Shine, indeed, is almost lo-fi. The only link between Lanois’s big-budget productions and this unassuming record is the personnel. Lanois possesses a star-studded Rolodex and he’s not shy about using it: Emmylou Harris contributes backing vocals to the opening track, while "Falling at Your Feet," is a duet with its co-author, Bono . The remainder of Shine features thoughtful, subtle songwriting. Meanwhile, the limitations of Lanois’s vocals lend an engaging frailty, leavened with bleak, lonely, instrumental interludes. --Andrew Mueller

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1. I Love You
2. Falling At Your Feet
3. As Tears Roll By
4. Sometimes
5. Shine
6. Transmitter
7. San Juan
8. Matador
9. Space Kay
10. Slow Giving
11. Fire
12. Power Of One
13. JJ Leaves L.A.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 5, 2003)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B00008O83O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Steven Reynolds on May 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to overestimate the importance of Daniel Lanois to contemporary music. As producer for U2 (they owe their career to him), Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Robbie Robertson, Emmylou Harris, the Neville Brothers, and Bob Dylan, to name a few, Lanois has built a body of work beyond compare. I've become a fan of some artists purely for what he brought to them. What's surprising is that his output as a solo performer is just as rewarding. His previous releases, "Acadie" and "For The Beauty of Wynona", are little-known classics, and "Shine" is at least their equal. Lanois' talent is for creating extraordinarily rich musical "spaces" from the sparest of arrangements. From the opening minute of the first track, "I Love You", he subjects conventional instruments to unusual treatments to create a soundscape which is, paradoxically, dense, bleak, dark and yet completely open and inviting - especially when his endearingly imperfect voice crackles through. Matching his peerless skills for production and arrangement are a strong lyrical sensibility and a perfect instinct for economy: Lanois knows precisely when to end a song. Buy this album, buy his other two. Then go look up everything he's produced. Don't be surprised if you discover that Daniel Lanois is responsible for half the music you love.

Update, February 2005: It's getting close to 2 years since I bought this album, and it's hardly been out of my 5-disc changer for a day in all that time. It's one of the most beautiful, rewarding and endlessly interesting albums I own. Buy it now.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on October 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a great man, more than "just" a great producer or a great musician. As much as this album can stand by itself and make (as it has, so far) a great impression on those who are fortunate to listen to it, it also shows a lot more about Canadian-born Daniel Lanois, the man behind some of the world's most talented artists of the past two decades!
This album shows without doubt how selfless he has been, pouring his musical spirit into the productions he's touched, rather than keeping to himself brilliant musical ideas or developments. For example, he'd invite over Emmylou Harris or Bono for the two opening tracks (track 2, actually co-written by the leader of U2), and just show you where did their sound come from, where were the fantastic atmospheres that you discovered in their respective albums born. You don't come out feeling like he kept anything to himself, and a good proof of that is his very spaced discography with a minimal four solo albums in the course of his career, and another great one in collaboration with Brian Eno and Michael Brook.
The songs speak for themselves... they jump subtly between ambient, acoustic rock and country/blues at times, with a voice whose timbre brings back memories of recent Eric Clapton. Without an obsession for virtuosity and with great attention to subtle details, each track comes out victorious as a great work of art, giving you more than just a comforting feeling when you're done listening to 'Shine' -you know you are in front of a great man. If you're unsure of it at this point, consider for a moment the liner note he signs in the album:
"What a privilege to be able to make music. And what an honour to have it received and appreciated.
Here is a small portion of what's cooking in the kitchen. I hope that some piece of it will elevate your spirit.
May we all touch a heart somewhere, sometime."
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dub_Head on May 5, 2003
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I Waited patiently for this one - almost a year per track! (but well worth the wait) What is it about Daniel Lanois' vastly underrated sound?
I enjoy many of styles of music from Aswad to Xymox but can never quite put my finger on what makes this guy tick.
Working with banks of "antique" studio equipment Daniel Lanois is able to fashion the most incredibly full sound, incredible because it's so subtle - a few sparse notes can be enough, with his unique production techniques to say all he needs.
If you're reading this, chances are you already know his two prior solo albums "Acadie" and "The Beauty Of Wynona" - this will not disappoint and follows along as a crystallization of what has gone before. If not, I can't recommend any of his albums enough - get them while you can they are not that easy to find and don't appear too often, you can start anywhere with Daniel.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tim Stoel on September 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Two words: Brilliant album. Such great texture and warm sounds. His best work to date. I have listened to it more times than anything else I have, and it is always revealing something new to me. Fire is probably my favorite song, and Power of One. Brilliant lyrics that come from years of observant life experience. A true artist. I am a sound engineer by trade and a musician for fun, and this album really struck a chord with me because of how well it is engineered and arranged.
I saw him twice on the Shine tour, once in Ann Arbor and then a few days later in Chicago. Beautiful live show, worth 8 hours on the road! I got to talk with him for a while and he is a very nice, down to earth man who deserves every bit of success he has earned for himself. Brian Blade was with him for both shows. Blade is a stellar drummer, also a very nice man to talk with. Some shows of his are better than others, I will say that, but very emotionally powerful and well-presented, but VERY different than the album. This is probably because of the cost of a large band and the lack of intimacy.
ANYONE would like this album to some extent, and any musician or artist would embrace it quite quickly.
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