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Whole New You

Shawn ColvinAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000059Z81
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,489 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

Editorial Reviews

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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's How it Works.... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Colvin Proves A Few Small Repairs Was No Fluke 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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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worries unfounded March 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
My heart sank when I heard the title track from Whole New You. For me, A Few Small Repairs was the album of 1996 and for most of the following year. It was one of those rare albums which seemed to be written about my experiences. When I hear it now I get a frisson of vivid memory- where I was living, what I was going through, colleagues I worked with. Whole New You (the track) is a radio friendly single- but with none of the musical or lyrical depth of Sunny Came Home. Hearing Colvin's voice again, singing new material, was a pleasure. But my hopes weren't high for the new album. Maybe it was payback time for a record company that has enjoyed modest, but not huge, commercial success with an artist. Just one listen through had me feeling slightly guilty for doubting. Shawn Colvin has again produced an album of (mostly) perfectly crafted songs- the best having a sinister edge that makes you shiver. Another Plane Went Down pulls you into a feverish, dream darkened half-sleep and is my stand out track so far. Mr Levon comes a close second. I'd Say I'm Sorry Now closes the album beautifully. One worry is that some songs have been overproduced- but that makes me want to hear them played live all the more. Three months into the year and this already feels like it will be my favourite album of 2001. If I find anything better by December then it will have been a bloody good year.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
It's pretty easy to see when you read these reviews that there are two types of Shawn Colvin fans: The folksy late 80s Shawn fans and the Grammy winning John Leventhal conspiring Shawn fans.
I have every one of her CDs. I bought them after I became entranced with "A Few Small Repairs". Frankly, her earlier efforts, while good, didn't quite do it for me. "A Whole New You" is truly in the same ballpark as her grammy effort.
If you thought "A Few Small Repairs" was a sellout then I suggest you save your money or buy a Mary Chapin Carpenter CD instead.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - The Genius We Knew She Could Be
After reading "Diamond In The Rough", and seeing Shawn play in Dublin with Mary Chapin Carpenter, I went back and listened to this CD again. Read more
Published 17 months ago by G. T. Arkhew
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, Colvins Hejira
You can't say a Whole Lot about this CD except brilliant and creepy. Predating and prophesying 9 11 makes this more that a music CD, it's a document. Read more
Published 20 months ago by custee
1.0 out of 5 stars Whole New You by Shawn Colvin
CD does not play in any of my car CD players. I have contacted Amazon customer service and I have been told they are sending me a replacement.
Sorry Rating 0 Stars. Read more
Published on October 8, 2011 by Robert S. Kis
2.0 out of 5 stars Here's her keyboard synth dark depressing mood record
I love her other CD's but this one, not. Tried hard to like it and didn't succeed, because hey it's Shawn and she deserves the extra try to try to get it. Read more
Published on June 24, 2011 by Andrew M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally recommended
Talent like this doesn't turn up every day. That together with excellent arrangement is priceless. This album is absolute must companion next time you're stranded in that... Read more
Published on September 24, 2009 by P. Bedo
3.0 out of 5 stars It's hard to follow up success
And this album certainly proves it.

*Whole New You* is Shawn's follow up album to A Few Small Repairs, but her life had changed dramatically. Read more
Published on February 13, 2009 by M. Carlisle
2.0 out of 5 stars Frankly, I Preferred The "Old" You!
I have been a fan of Shawn Colvin's music since her first release, Steady On, back in the late 80s. This is the only item in her impressive catalogue that fails to grab me, even... Read more
Published on April 4, 2007 by Robert L. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!!!
Shawn Colvin proves, once again, what an extremely gifted talent she has.

The songs included on this CD are not only musically great, but thought provoking as well. Read more
Published on January 3, 2007 by C. Welcomb
3.0 out of 5 stars Pales In Comparison To A Few Small Repairs...
A Few Small Repairs had some great songs on there, and a catchy sound to it altogether that made the album very addictive and I loved many of the lyrics. Read more
Published on December 20, 2005 by Rocky
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the standard of REPAIRS or STEADY ON
The warm smooth voice is back..the producer (John Leventhal) is back...the sound (acoustic based pop) is back...the intelligence is back. Read more
Published on October 29, 2005 by Greg Brady
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