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Shine Through

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Product Description

SoCal native Aloe Blacc, one half of mainstay indie rap duo Emanon, has evolved into a true Renaissance man with his solo debut, Shine Through. Dubbed the indie R. Kelly by online retailer Turntable Lab, Aloe integrates an amazingly broad spectrum of influences, which range widely from the music of his parents' native Panama, to the acoustic guitar stylings of folk artist Cat Stevens, to the soul-stirring sounds of the Negro Spirituals. His sound often forays into the digital R&B realm, but always grooves with a tinge of Latin and the pulse of hip-hop.

About the Artist

SoCal native Aloe Blacc – one half of mainstay indie rap duo Emanon – has evolved into a true Renaissance man with his solo debut, Shine Through. Dubbed "the indie R. Kelly" by online retailer Turntable Lab, Aloe integrates an amazingly broad spectrum of influences. His sound often forays into the digital R&B realm, but always grooves with a tinge of Latin and the pulse of hip-hop.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Whole World
  2. Long Time Coming
  3. Are You Ready
  4. Busking
  5. Bailar Scene
  6. Nascimento (Birth) Scene II
  7. Dance for Life
  8. Patria Mia
  9. Shine Through
  10. Caged Birdsong
  11. Arrive
  12. Want Me
  13. One Inna
  14. I'm Beautiful


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 11, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stones Throw
  • ASIN: B000EUMKEA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dude, what is wrong with ya'll

no reviews on this Great CD???

i didn't even know Aloe Blacc put the solo album out.

i randomly went to Tower Records coz they were goign out of business

and everything was 50% off.

then i saw this record and i knew i had to pick it up without reading any reviews, i simply knew it will well worth my money and MORE.

Aloe Blacc is from Emanon with DJ Exile. their EP, 'The Waiting Room', is also a great album, but Shine Through tops their group effort.

Most of tracks are prduced by Aloe Blacc himself, but also OhNo and Madlib produced some tracks as well. Executive producer was Peatnut Butter Wolf. so you know, without a doubt, the quality is there.

i loved madlib produced: One inna. that song is just too beautiful.

the CD actually has 2 extra tracks that is not listed here. This CD is a pure pleasure from beginning to finish. please support this artist.
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I picked this up after seeing a review in Pitchfork, and what an excellent find this is! In some of his neosoul songs I hear Cody Chestnutt, Martin Luther, Bill Withers, and even Anthony Hamilton on a "Change Goin to Come." He astutely covers a range of styles from latin and hip hop to R&B. The carribean flavor of a couple of the songs surprised me - I'd never heard of an artist intermingling neosoul with latin, but Blacc pulls this feat off with aplomb ease. Not all the songs are consistent throughout, but his beautiful vocals and fine production make this a superb first effort. I really like the song where he is singing about waiting for a bus at the bus stop. This song really displays the honesty and spontaneity of his artistry. Highly recommended!
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My friend works for a major media company in the music business, and I picked up this album out of a basket of CDs by the elevator. I had no expectations, but this album blew me away. It's easily my favorite album in the last 12 months. It's a mix of R&B, hip hop, and a little bit of jazz.

"Long Time Coming" sounds vaguely like something a somber, tingly version of the Miami Vice TV soundtrack.

"Bailar" is a beautifully sexy song that captures the desire to approach a beautiful woman at a dance club.

"Patria Mia" starts out with a Carribean feel, but the horns lend it a jazzy feel. I wish my Spanish was better. I think it was inspired by the island of Bocas del Toro.

"Want Me" makes me think of LL Cool J.

"One Inna" sounds exactly like Anthony Hamilton, which would be a bad thing if the whole album had the same sound, but in context, it just shows Blacc's diverse talent.

The 2nd to last song, an untitled track, sounds like an ode to Latin America. He mentions Panama, Cuba, Puerto Rico--pretty much every country there--and builds to a crescendo, declaring with enthusiasm, "Todo el mundo Latino, canto," and that's when a chorus of voices joins him, raising hairs on the back of your neck.
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I stumbled upon Aloe Blacc's performance on the BBC America Graham Norton Show and I was blown away. How I discover an American talent on a British show was news to me! He sang "I Need a Dollar" and one listen made me purchase his CDs - this on is his first. It's a good way to see how evolved he as an artist has grown to his Good Things album. I bought tix to his show in NYC for Sept. 2 at the Highline. Great voice and lyrics set to a funky groove. His voice is a blend of Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway. LOVE iT!
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For me, personally, this album is exactly what R&B/Hip-Hop (and to use the term loosely) Rap should be. I'm not an expert by any means, but I'm quite fond of experimental sounds such as this and one of the things that I like the best about this album is that each song is different and unexpected. There is no cookie cutter formula here, and while it's nice to have familiar, each of these songs is so unique in their own right and they flow as a whole in a way that I've not heard from other albums before. Usually I find some song or intro just too jarring and wonder to myself, why the heck is that there, but not the case with anything from Aloe Blacc. THey all flow perfectly together with few exceptions. Most of the tracks on this album are a true five star for me. Buskin, Shine Through and Patria Mia are the only three tracks that give me any kind of pause an I think that's just because they lack the true soul that everything else encompasses. My personal favs. are Whole World, Bailar-Scene 1, Nascimento (Birth)-Scene 2, Want Me and I'm Beautiful. Caged Birdsong is quite poignant in it's own right and should go down and listed as one of the best social commentary tracks of our time. I find all elements, however random and unexpected, enjoyable on this album, the beats all fresh, the melodies lovely and the unexpectedness of it make it the best thing I've bought in months.

Albums like this, and ones by Angie Stone, Jamie Lidell, India.Arie, The Roots, Heather Headley, Remy Shand and my fav. Leela James are all the people who should be garnering the real attention in this form of music and expression. I'm sick of the commerically contrived likes of Kanye West and 50 Cent and their supposed "war" over sales. Whatever, I say.
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