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Frida was clearly interested in making an album that stood apart from the sounds of her former group. Hooking up with Steve Lillywhite was a brilliant move, not only because of his production but because of the involvement of Lillywhite's wife at the time, Kirsty MacColl. MacColl co-wrote three of "Shine"'s tracks and blessed a few tracks with her signature multi-layered background vocals. The late, great, severely under-rated MacColl is the secret to "Shine" giving Frida a sound all her own.
I won't go into every track, but I truly love three tracks - "One Little Lie," "Slowly," and "Heart of the Country." Frida was clearly disinterested with commercial success (and with her fortune already firmly established, who could blame her?) and wanted to sing songs that spoke to her heart. While these three tracks particularly speak to my experience, the whole album bears close listening (although I agree with other reviewers regarding the album art - atrocious!)
Try this out - be prepared for a darker sound than ABBA had (although "The Visitors" was of a similar tone). Sadly, this was Frida's last English-language solo album, but it has stood up over time and still sounds wonderful.
"Shine" is Frida's second international solo album and, from the sound of things, she was determined that it would be a bit more commercial than its predecessor (1982's excellent 'Something's Going On'). By 1980s standards, there were plenty of potential hits here: the perky 'One Little Lie' and 'Chemistry Tonight'; the darkly dramatic 'Twist In The Dark' (there's a great video for this track); and, of course, the sweetly romantic 'Come To Me (I Am Woman)'. The title track, with its huge drum sound and swishy synths, even had shades of Peter Gabriel dancing around in the mix.
In the UK, the record company didn't bother to promote the album. The first single there, an edited mix of the sparky title track, made little impact on the charts. The second (and final) single, 'Heart Of The Country', was a catchy and mellow rock number - but not a hit either.
The lack of success was unfair, but kind of predictable. By 1984, the public were tired of anything ABBA-related (they had had 8 or 9 years of unadulterated ABBAmania and something had to give). This attitude combined with the record company's apathy spoiled its chances of success.
Now with 80s nostalgia becoming big business, "Shine" could earn a few new fans. This is a great mix of well-written pop tunes (credits include Kirsty MacColl and David Dundas) and pristine, of-its-time production from Steve Lillywhite (previous credits include U2 and Simple Minds). It's a budget re-issue and, therefore, a low-rick investment. Give it a whirl!
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Neglected effort from "Frida" of Abba-fame. Her solo work is uneven, but interesting. Bonus: It contains a non-lp track and a 12" remix of Shine, a European single... Read morePublished 16 months ago by 7takearisk7
Since this album has been reviewed ad infinitum by just about every ABBA fan, I will skip doing so and will move on to the actual sound of the remaster. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Cosmic-Surf
This CD was defective with all sorts of skips on all my CD players. It also has simply strange songs - not very good, in my opinion.Published on December 6, 2009 by R. Snyder
"Shine" is a great album! I think it is a progression from SGO album. The music is more upbeat, clear, modern, etc. The title track and Twist in the Dark are great! Read morePublished on February 16, 2005 by 80s James
Sometimes people is so negative... It's shame. This album really worths. I think it's better than "Something's Going On". Read morePublished on September 27, 2004 by FaEzDel
What more can I say then: what a terrible album. Frida's voice is so bad, she cratches from one song to another.. She could and should have done much better. Read morePublished on February 10, 2004
Shine from 1984 is Frida's (Anni-Frid Lyngstad) second and last English solo-album after ABBA. Something's Going On (produced by Phil Collins) was a huge succes in 1982, so already... Read morePublished on February 5, 2004 by Marnix ten Brinke
Shine, Frida's second and last international album simply wastes her talents that have made her records before Shine so entertaining. Read morePublished on January 30, 2002 by minxymoo