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Light You Up

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2010 release, the 11th album from the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter. Produced by Mullins and drummer Gerry Hansen, Light You Up marks a newfound level of musical and lyrical expression for the veteran artist. Shawn Mullins has undergone a series of transformative experiences leading to this captivating new song cycle. His experiences included delving into the collaborative creative process by intensive co-writing, and in one instance putting him atop of the country charts via a key contribution to the Zac Brown Band's 'Toes'. Further co-writing yielded nine of the 11 songs on Light You Up, which Mullins believes represents the strongest, most expressive writing of his distinguished career
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  • Audio CD (October 12, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard
  • ASIN: B003ZDZ20M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,111 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Light You Up is the satisfying result of extensive collaboration with some of today's best songwriters, Chuck Cannon and Glen Phillips among them. Yet Mullins remains true to his own roots and signature style- his talent for connecting us to the subjects of his songs.

As with many of his previous albums, the musical style ranges from the rock-infused "California" to a soft, introspective "Blue Sky", originally recorded as part of the Thorns project; to the sultry "Light You Up"; and finally, a sprinkling of country. His current band is tight- great synergy on-stage and off. Tom Ryan's harmonies are a perfect counter-weight to Shawn's rich tones, and Patrick Blanchard continues to impress me with his nimble guitar work. You can tell these guys are having fun, making it that much more fun for the listener.

But you don't have to take my word for it: At a recent performance, Cannon noted that Shawn's interpretation of "The Ghost of Johnny Cash" is one of the few times he's been truly satified with the way an artist laid down one of his songs.

While Mullins provides enough action to sustain a casual listen, he's most satisfying when you have the time to pour yourself a cup of brew and listen-really listen-to what the man has to say.
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When I heard "Light You Up" (the single), It seemed that Shawn might be returning to more of his "Soul's Core" and "Beneath the Velvet Sun" sound. I may be in the minority, but I personally have missed that "sound" in the past few albums, which seems to have been replaced with a more stripped down, less "produced" approach. I also don't think that Shawn's "slower" stuff has the same feel and quality that it has had on past albums. I understand that Shawn is a songwriter and that his skills as a musician, songwriter and vocalist are not in question, but I guess I just keep waiting for him to return to some of the musical approaches of those albums mentioned earlier. I like "Light You Up" as an album, but I don't love it. There aren't many songs I'd throw on in the truck with the windows down. I guess I'd just like to see Shawn continue to experiment, musically and not "settle down" so much. Some of my favorite songs off of his last few albums were: "Cold, Black Heart", "See That Train", and "Homeless Joe". Could we have a few more like that next time, Shawn? This album is growing on me, though, and I appreciate each song more and more as I continue to listen and let it be what it is. I will ALWAYS buy EVERYTHING that Shawn Mullins does, but I'd love to get another album from him that makes me grin from ear to ear, from start to finish. Didn't quite happen on this one.
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Shawn is hands down my favorite artist. I have all of his albums and have seen him live a bunch of times. This album is classic shawn with a little edge. A little but of soul, a little bit of folk, and accompanied by great lyrics. I sing the songs on this album all the time. He is full of great music and is a constant is my music library.
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I find it really hard to categorize the style of Shawn Mullins, sometimes he is soulful, sometimes folksy, sometimes with a bit of country and you know, that is fine with me....good music is good music and Shawn Mullins has a great range of good music here. I initially looked into his latest work (and my first purchase) because I heard "Light you Up" playing on a local rock station. Shawn's voice is distinctive and unusual and I loved the song, but thinking that this might be the one good hit I listened to the tracks here at amazon and liked the excerpts of all of them and the variety of types of songs.

We have had this playing now for a couple months and it is just some really good music and good song writing. If you like the excerpts you will most likely love the cd. We have been very pleased and would definitely seek out more music by Shawn Mullins in the future.
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Shawn Mullins has a GREAT voice, and there are 4 songs on this CD that I love. Light You Up is probably the sexiest song I've heard! I love it! But then there are several slow, Country Music songs that I'm just not into. I'm happy with the four good songs though.
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I had high hopes for this release, and am a die-hard fan. Love the title track, and there are some other good tracks here, but unfortunately found some of the other lyrics rather clunky (especially "I Knew a Girl").

I felt that this release went outside his comfort zone, however when played live, many of these songs worked. Somehow when they were laid down, they lost something, becoming Beatle-esque or overly Bluesy, or over produced, or just plain something that didn't quite gel for me.

And is it just me or does "You Make it Better" begging to be used in an automobile advertisement?

Shawn is a veteran though and an outstanding artist, so get this album for the couple of gems, buy his back catalog, and get excited about the next release.
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turn up the volume! pour some red wine, sit down in a chair by the river and nibble a little cheese with the love of your life in the cool of the evening...................doesn't get any better than this.........Ciao
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This album is continuously played in our car, what a star he is, heartfelt anthems and very deep meaningful songs, please buy a copy and find out for yourselves.

Still waiting on his tours to Australia, I'm sure if everyone posts a note, maybe he will consider!!!!!
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