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March 28, 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Release Date: March 28, 2008
  • Label: Homeschool/Atlantic
  • Copyright: 2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 47:30
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  • ASIN: B0017TC8KS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,834 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

By the time I got to GA, I had listened to the cd twice.
T. M. Wiggins
She injects fun, meaningful lyrics with a great beat in every song on her Shine album.
A. Pack
I only knew one song when I bought the album but I love every single track.
T. Williams

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I became a fan of UK soul singer Estelle in 2004 after seeing the
video to her delightful hit single "1980" as well as the hit "Free",
which led me to get her brilliant debut CD "The 18th day" (reminiscent
of Lauryn Hill's debut). It was a nice blend of soul and hip hop, with
a British attitude. Unfortunately (as happens ever-so-often in the
music industry), the public didn't get it (the album stalled at #35 in
the UK) and she was dropped by her record label after two more singles
which barely registered with the public (no reflection on the music
though which was, as I stated, brilliant!). Fast forward to 2008 and
Estelle is back with a bang, though she had to cross the pond and arm
herself with an armada of behemoths like will.i.am, Wyclef, Mark
Ronson, Swizz Beatz, and John Legend (the latter who signed her to his
record label) to do it.

The result? A #1 smash in the UK with her breezy throbbing techno/hip
hop hit "American boy" (sampling will.i.am's "Impatient") featuring
Kanye West guest rapping about "wags" and "blokes" (and pronouncing
rubbish as "Roo-bish") while Estelle sings free-form in an upper
register. Thankfully, she does not lose her British attitude (which
shines through in her singing/rapping), thus saving "Shine" from
falling into the "anyone could have recorded it" pit.

At 12 tracks, the album is mercifully not over packed like most
(American) R&B albums tend to be. Sampling the verses of George
Michael's "Faith" is the brilliant guitar festooned "No substitute
love" with a slight Island carnival feel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LT Twalo on July 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
She had a hit called "1980" a few years back but I dismissed her as a one hit wonder and to be honest I wasn't blown away by her raps. When I heard she was working with John Legend I decided to sample it at the music store and realised that I had been completely wrong about her, she is a singer who raps not the other way around. More than that is that she has a beautiful voice.

When I heard the George Michael sample on "No Substitute Love" it was over, I had to get the album. The album is so nostalgic to me, I don't know if it is the samples e.g. Bob Marley on "So Much Out The Way" or it is the fact that she reminds me so much of Lauryn Hill.

The multitasking (rapping, writing & singing), the eclectic sounds (Reggae, Rock & Hip-hop influences) certainly justify comparisons to Lauryn Hill. But Estelle is her own woman. Her songs are not as heavy and are meant to be enjoyed without being taken too seriously.

The production on the album is top notch, not surprisingly given names like Will.I.Am, John Legend, Swiss Beatz & Mark Ronson. A criticism that might be levelled at the production is the over abundant use of samples but as stated earlier it adds to the nostalgia.

Overall the album is definitely a winner, the revolution of British soulstresses is in full swing. Estelle has something that the others ( Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Adele, Joss Stone etc.) do not have and that is a street sensibility and a light-heartedness.

Noteworthy tracks include the ballad "Come Over", "No Substitute Love" & the duet with Cee-Lo "Pretty Please", which sounds like a duet between Diana Ross & Aretha Franklin (Cee-Lo playing Aretha).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chantelle Bateman on May 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I work for a company that regularly recieves CDs from new and upcomming artist. Most aren't worth the shrink wrap and postage they came in, but by the third track of "Shine" I was ripping the CD to put it on my MP3 player. Estelle's voice and sound are reminiscent of Lauren Hill's "Miseducation" but it's certainly no copy cat. The LP is well produced and creates an incredible mix of generes (a little hip-hop, soul, jazz, and reggae). I got my copy for free, and I just bought one for a friend. Estelle is definitely soul sincere!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. M. Wiggins on May 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I stumbled upon this sister right here one day two weeks ago and knew then no matter what the album had to be purchased. When a decision like that is made, it can be a major set up for disappointment. But, not in this case. I made my purchase the day after the album came out; made a copy for my Mom before I left NC to hit the road; hit the road and popped the CD in.

By the fourth song, I was letting my sister, cousin and two friends know this was a wise purchase they needed to make before the week was over--- scratch that--- before the day was over. My sister and cousin said it was on the list. By the time I got to GA, I had listened to the cd twice. By the time I got to Atlanta, I was putting the CD back in. By the next day my sister had it and had listened to it twice.

The album on a whole is very entertaining and enjoyable. It was a pleasure to listen to the different aspects of R&B, Hip Hop flavor and bit of ragga. Remember Lauren Hill's MisEducation album? Remember how hyped your were when to put it in (minus the classroom interludes)? Without fail, this is one of the better music purchases of today when the R&B, Hip Hop genres are trying to bounce back from the crappy music of the past decade. From start to finish, I was with Estelle, never realizing how fast 40min is and hitting repeat on the stereo. I want to say the cut with CeeLo is the best but if I listen to the album right now, I might change my mind again. I really like it all.

Enjoy your purchase.
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