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Shine Import

3.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Abba Shine German CD album

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Shine
  2. One Little Lie
  3. The Face
  4. Twist In The Dark
  5. Slowly
  6. Heart Of The Country
  7. Come To Me (I Am Woman)
  8. Chemistry Tonight
  9. Don't Do It
  10. Comfort Me


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 8, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram Int'l
  • ASIN: B000006YU9
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
One man's trash is another man's treasure - I'm fascinated by the variety in the opinions expressed by my fellow reviewers on this album. Personally, I think is album is one of the 40 best CD's ever recorded.

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.
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By A Customer on July 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I sometimes dance for exercise, and this is one of the perfect albums I've found for that purpose. This superb piece of eighties pop was performed by Anni-Frid Lyngstad of ABBA and produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, etc.). From everything to rock, dancefloor pop, pop-rock, a little bit of folk, romanticism, the ups and downs of love, romance, and relationships. It's all here. And it's all done by one of the best vocalists ever. I think people who cut this album just don't understand the fact that it DID come out in 1984, so it's gonna sound a bit over-sythed at times. Another thing is the cover. Personally, I don't think that pose of Frida is all that bad. It's just another signifier of eighties stuff. And she looks like she's gonna kick some @$$! I also think it's unfair for people to say that Agnetha is better than Frida or the other way around. I have the girls' English solo work, and I have to say I don't think one is better than the other. They complemented each other's voices so well to make one big voice with ABBA, and solo they both experiment with different styles, although I do think Frida takes on a grittier image, and Agnetha a more light one. Basically, just go buy this album if you're curious. It's got a lot of good songs (even one by Bjorn and Benny called "Slowly."). You really won't regret it.
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Format: Audio CD
From the opening electro-treated drum crash, there is no mistaking the era of this album. It shouts "1984" at the top of its voice. Which is my way of saying "approach it in context".
"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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Format: Audio CD
It's always remained a mystery to me why Frida's 2nd international album failed to set the charts alight. I immediately loved the album when it was released back (when I was 10 years young!). This is bombastic production with big drums, synths all over, sharp guitars, all showered in neon light and pink gloves - this is 1984. Whereas Frida dealt with the hurt of divorce on "Something's Going On" (1982), this record is much more straight-forward pop, yet I see ABBA/Frida-fans in general have surprisingly different opinions on the songs here, there are no huge favourites, nor no unanimous dislikes. Personally, I enjoy the record from start to finish. The powerful title track opens the ball - this was also the flagship single but faired disappointingly, perhaps because the unusual structure of the song (nearly no part was repeated identically) made it less instantly memorable. It was the last track recorded for the album as they felt they lacked something "a cut above the rest". "One Little Lie", the second track, is an excellent power pop track too, and rumoredly tipped as the intended first single. "The Face" has a haunting melody with its 60s rock feel. It's not difficult to imagine Suede could have recorded this 10 years later. "Twist In The Dark" is probably the oddest track Frida has ever recorded - with its heavy pace, thunderous drums and soaring guitars, this is quite interesting. This was chosen for the 2nd single in France - the confusion the album created resulted in no less than three different choices for the 2nd single, depending on which country you were in. Most countries opted for the wonderful mid-tempo ballad "Come To Me" which is one of my favourites with its sweet melody, Frida's melancholic vocal and the pleasant ABBA-esque "oooh" backing vocals. Sadly, in 1984, it went nowhere.Read more ›
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