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  • Audio CD (March 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • ASIN: B000059Z81
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Matter Of Minutes
2. Whole New You
3. Nothing Like You
4. Anywhere You Go
5. Bonefields
6. Another Plane Went Down
7. Bound To You
8. Roger Wilco
9. Mr. Levon
10. One Small Year
11. I'd Say I'm Sorry Now

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The eagerly-awaited new album from Shawn Colvin is finally here. Her first album of all-new original material since the three-time Grammy winner's A Few Small Repairs, released in September 1996. Tracks include "Matter Of Minutes," "Nothing Like You," "I Will Got There," "Another Plane Went Down," plus lots more. [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand]

When Shawn Colvin's last album of original material, 1996's A Few Small Repairs, scored Grammys for Song and Record of the Year ("Sunny Came Home"), the singer found herself blessed with pop stardom--and the stifling curse of expectations. Colvin faced two choices: make a U-turn back to the acoustic folksiness of her late-'80s rise to prominence or brave the notoriously shifting currents of musical populism head on. She's chosen the latter tack here, but it often seems like more of a showcase for her longtime songwriting partner and producer, John Leventhal. He frames her lyrics and radiant voice in slick, spacious productions that sometimes make Colvin seem uncomfortably like a session singer on her own album. Whatever fresh emotional insights she offers can't help but seem insulated in that context, making the hard-edged crash metaphors of "Another Plane Went Down," the world-weariness of her collaboration with Edie Brickell, "Roger Wilco," and the haunting "Mr. Levon" sound almost refreshing by contrast. Tellingly, the title track seems like a factory-tooled, hook-laden entry from crossover central--as comfortable and indistinguishable as anything found on either pop or contemporary country radio. It's not exactly Faith Hill, but it still feels like a long way from home. --Jerry McCulley

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Ettinger VINE VOICE on January 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I've found that I need patience to listen to music. For the most part, I am not drawn to radio-accessible music. Though I do not consider myself a music snob, rarely do I 'like' much on a first listen. And this is equally true of Shawn Colvin's music. I like Shawn. I like her style. I love her music - eventually.
As a whole (no pun intended), I had a hard time getting into and appreciating 'Whole New You'. MULTIPLE listens were required to get to the point where I wanted or needed to hear a song or the entire disk. Some songs easier to latch onto than others, but that's true of all her disks.
'Matter of Minutes', 'Whole New You' and 'Bound To You' have immediate appeal. But my biggest draw to the record was the unconventinal 'Another Plane Went Down'. Immediately, I found myself playing that song repeatedly. I cannot adequately describe it - but there is some hook in the song that just grabs me. I can honestly say there is only one song that has never grown on me - "Roger Wilco". Maybe it's my aversion to Edie Brickell, who co-wrote the song.
I find John Leventhal's production and arrangments to be understated and dark, but ultimately extremely fulfilling ("Bonefields", "Mr. Levon"). Parts of the disk are so low key, you almost miss the nuances of the music.
It still rates extremely high on my play-list and continues to sit in one of my players (home, car, office or portable cd player) 18 mos after it's release.
I say get it - but do not listen to it casually. It's a disk that takes effort and concentration to truly appreciate.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Ron Frankl on April 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Shawn Colvin finally became a star with her 1996 album "A Few Small Repairs" and its hit single, "Sunny Came Home." Her breakthrough came at a point in her career when even her fans were beginning to doubt whether she would ever produce a consistently great album. After a long period working to establish herself on the folk scene and working as a backing vocalist for artists such as Suzanne Vega and Eric Andersen, Colvin released her first album, "Steady On," in 1989. Unfortunately, inconsistency was the hallmark of her recording career; she wrote some terrific songs ("I Don't Know Why" may be one of the most beautiful songs ever written), but not all her material reached that level. She was also often victimized by heavy-handed and questionable production choices that were probably beyond her control, including a poorly-conceived and executed album of her favorite songs by other songwriters called "Cover Girl"(1994). Despite her obvious vocal and songwriting talents, it began to appear that Colvin might never a record a great album.
"A Few Small Repairs" changed everything. Colvin wrote or co-wrote a solid and intelligent batch of songs that seemed far more meaningful and heartfelt than her previous output. Working closely with a sympathetic producer, the gifted musician/producer John Leventhal, Colvin's songs were, for the first time, arranged in a manner that complemented rather obscured the melodies. "Repairs" was a success on every level, and Colvin finally found a large audience.
Few notice a musician's struggle to build a career, but once you've had a hit, everyone pays attention. Wisely, Shawn Colvin took five years to record and release a follow-up to "Repairs," and it was time well-spent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit that I eagerly awaited Shawn's television debut on Jay Leno (March 27th). I sat up extra late, and suffered through an hour of lame banter just to hear Ms. Colvin's latest effort. My reaction after hearing the full, live version of "Whole New You" was something akin to "what the hell was that???" Sure, I can understand why this song makes an intriguing album title, but it is by far the weakest track on the whole CD. Shawn's TV perfomances to pump this new work have also seemed rusty and disjointed to me. I sincerely hope that she regains her form by the time the summer tour dates come around, because right now her voice seems weak and her back-up band seems out-of-sync. . . Anyway, about the rest of the album. . . forgetting the title track for a second (my advice, play it twice for yourself and then set your CD player to auto-skip), the rest of the album is worth the money, and there are some very interesting, if slightly opaque, songs to hold one's interest. Generally, I think that the musical arrangements are stronger than the lyrics (some very creditable work by John Leventhal, if a tad slick), but it is refreshing to hear Ms. Colvin begin to venture out of the purely self-referential material of her prior efforts and begin to develop her talents as a story teller. In fact, once you begin to regard this entire album as a 45-minute experimental riff into new musical and thematic material it starts to seriously grow on you. My favorite tracks right now are "A Matter of Minutes," "Bonefields," and "Mr. Levon." All in all I would rate this album a noble effort, and now that she is back in the fray we can only hope that Ms. Colvin's career has a very long and fruitful artistic "second wind."
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