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Shine Through

Aloe BlaccAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Biography

Singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc’s affecting voice, perceptive lyrics, and dapper
sartorial flair are already familiar to music lovers in Europe. In 2010, his
international Top 10, platinum-selling single “I Need A Dollar” surged across the
continent, ringing out from the streets of Paris to the soul clubs of London,
combining social consciousness with irresistible ... Read more in Amazon's Aloe Blacc Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 11, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stones Throw
  • ASIN: B000EUMKEA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,862 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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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.

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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.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aloe Blacc really Shines Through Here... November 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great find! December 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars neo R&B, soul, and dance-able jazz January 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aloe Blacc July 31, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible genre skimming record January 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I do record reviews for the magazine every month, but I very rarely recommend records personally to friends. Shine Through is an exception. I've talked about this record to anyone who would listen for almost a month now. It is one of those records that cannot be praised highly enough. Aloe Blacc deserves to be heard.

Aloe Blacc is one of those artists who loves music. Not hip-hop, not soul, not any one particular brand of music. Just music. And that's what he makes. He is not an artist of any one genre, rather an artist of any genre he feels at that particular moment. Shine Through has hip-hop, dancehall, folk, soul, and latin songs. Not influences, but entire songs played entirely for their own sake. Whatever section of the record store you see this in, it will be both misfiled and filed perfectly.

The stand-outs are many and mostly depend on what you feel like when you put in the CD. For soul, try out "Arrive", "I'm Beautiful" or the Spanish cover of John Legend's "Ordinary People." You want Latin? We got Latin with "Dance for Life" and "Patria Mia". For stirring folky joints, check "Long Time Coming" and "Busking." For hip-hop, you've got "Caged Birdsong." And then we get to my favorite, which is some part of all this. "Bailar" is a record that makes everyone who hears it move. There is no exception.

I'm not skimming through this review. I realize there are nine songs listed in that last paragraph. What you might not have realized yet is that there is not a song on this album that isn't incredible. If I voted for a record of the year right now, this would be it.
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