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Since we last heard from Shawn Mullins on 2008’s honeydew, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and bandleader has undergone a series of transformative experiences, leading to a second coming for the veteran artist. Evidence of Mullins’ newfound level of musical and lyrical ambition courses comes through with Light You Up (Vanguard Records, October 12). This captivating new song ... Read more in Amazon's Shawn Mullins Store

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  • Audio CD (September 15, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000AG6W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Anchored In You
2. Lullaby
3. The Gulf Of Mexico
4. September In Seattle
5. Twin Rocks, Oregon
6. And On A Rainy Night
7. Tannin Bed Song
8. Soul Child
9. Ballad Of Billy Jo McKay
10. Patrick's Song
11. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
12. You Mean Everything To Me
13. Shimmer

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Shawn Mullins ~ Soul's Core


Shawn Mullins is a '90s acoustic troubadour whose lyrics, at their worst, read like overly precious journal entries ("The road is my home / And my spirit is wild"), making him seem sometimes like Jewel with a Y-chromosome. (According to his song "Twin Rock, Oregon," Mullins has lived out of his van, too.) But some of the baker's dozen of songs that compose Soul's Core have some bite, especially the restless "Ballad of Billy Jo McKay" and the gritty "Gulf of Mexico." Mullins is at his best when he plays to his strengths, which include an affinity for working-class characters and an eye for detail. Best of all is his sweet Georgia drawl, which pours honey over the aching "Soul Child" and the memorable chorus of his breakthrough hit, "Lullabye." Mullins produced the album, his major-label debut, and even though it's his eighth title (he sold its predecessors out of that storied van), he is an artist whose skills are still on the rise. --Daniel Durchholz

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"Soul's Core" is one of my favorite albums, and I highly recommend it.
After the few couple of songs, it is very difficult to stop listening to this cd, and everytime I play this album, I have to listen to it several times.
Mac Donald
Shawn mullins has the amazing ability to share his experiences with you through this great music and allow you to travel to the places he travelled.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rob Houser on November 17, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Soul's Core may be the first album you've heard from singer/songwriter, Shawn Mullins, but it's not his first CD. I first heard Shawn play at Oxford Books in Atlanta in 1993. I was walking through the bookstore and found myself getting into the music, then I realized it was coming live from upstairs. When I finally found the source, I was amazed at the richness of his voice and the expression of his lyrics.
Over the past 5 years, I've seen Shawn grow as a guitar player, a singer, and a person. Many of his songs are autobiographical, relating directly to his life experiences or those of his friends. With each CD, Shawn opens up a little more. His sense of humor and keen observations about people result in highly visual lyrics that stay with you long after the music has stopped. He paints pictures with his words that are as vivid as anything I've ever seen on canvas.
It may sound corny, but Shawn is as much a poet and philosopher as he is a musician. Sure, he's introspective, but that's a nice change from the empty teen-aged angst we usually get on the radio. What we get in Soul's Core (and the other four CDs Shawn has released) is an evolving picture of an artist struggling to find happiness and meaning in his life just like the rest of us. A better name for Shawn's band would've been Soul's Core because that is exactly what he spends most of his time trying to find.
Don't let the purity of his voice or the parts where he speaks instead of sings sidetrack you - this man is a powerful performer. When you get a chance to see him in person, make sure you're near the front. Seeing him perform and hearing him talk about this songs will make you visit them over and over again. And he can entertain.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Grayson on December 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I kited this CD from my oldest brother while I was still in high school, traveled with it cross-country after graduation, dreamt about it while it was in storage during Basic Training, and savoured it once I got my paws on it again during AIT. After that, it found a permanent home in my car CD case, while another copy lives right next to my stereo in the house. It's a CD that has survived the test of time. From a brilliant cover of Kris Kristofferson's "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down", to everyone's standards of "Lullabye" and "Shimmer" (brilliant in it's own way), to my personal favourite, "Tannin Bed Song", this CD speaks of a life well lived thus far, and while slightly road weary, still has many miles, a few fixed tires and oil changes left.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christian E. Stilp on April 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
After spending years listening to the widest of music genres, I continue to fall back to this album as my favorite amongst them all. I had the chance to meet Shawn when he played at Summerfest in Milwaukee years ago, and he is the most down-to-earth musician I have met, local or national. That made me want to dive deeper into this album, and I was not disappointed.
Shawn creates a musical landscape of our country, taking you through trials and travels with a sincere tone and engaging vignettes. San Francisco, Seattle, Twin Rocks, Kansas, Lousiana, trains, trailers, transcontinental car rides- you wonder where he hasn't been. And yet, it's basically one man and his guitar singing his heart out to you, telling stories that bleed with tangibility and emotion. He's ridden the trains, done the casual drugs, drank his share, and took the time to look back and retell the tales.
As for the music specifically, 'Lullabye' and 'Shimmer' are the better-known tracks, but the magic lies in the other tracks as well. 'Soul Child' overflows with heart and sincerity; 'Patrick's Song' translates tears and loneliness into chords and lyrics convincingly and completely; 'You Mean Everything To Me' makes time stand still with its directness and gentle affection; 'Twin Rocks, Oregon' puts you right on the train with them to look back, laugh, feel sentimental and chuckle at 'ain't life funny'.
I never grow tired of this album because it never fails to sweep me up and take me with it. Commercialism and intangible elements deny that power to other recordings of his, but this one is truly special.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Man, I was taken by surprise when I first heard this CD. I was familiar with "Lullaby", and definitely thought it was original, but wouldn't have bought the CD on that song alone. A buddy sat me down one day and played the first 5 or 6 tunes for me one day on a good stereo, and I've been hooked since. This is an excellent collection of music, one that my collection will never be without. The first time I heard "Twin Rocks, Oregon", I got cold chills! When he kicks it in vocally at the end, it is special to say the least. I got the chance to see him live at the 9:30 Club in D.C. right as "Lullably" was hitting it big-time. He was sick that night, and still brought the house down! There are very few performers out there who are talented enough to actually be considered a true "One-Man Show", and Shawn Mullins is one of these people. He is every bit as entertaining with just a Mic and a guitar, as with a full band. I've since bought his entire collection, and HIGHLY recommend most of them, including "Big Blue Sky", and "Eggshells".
And I'd be willing to wager that those that panned this CD have a Vanilla Ice or CD (or something of the sort) floating around their collections, because no true music lover can deny that there is some very good work on this CD.
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