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Shine

20 Jun. 2005 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2005
  • Release Date: 20 Jun. 2005
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 Polar Music International AB
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  • Total Length: 55:47
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  • ASIN: B001KELQF8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,269 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Kavanagh on 20 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Almost a quarter of a century after its original release, Shine is still a very enjoyable album. The remastering is superb and allows Steve Lillywhite's production to shimmer. In a way, the album has grown into itself over the years. Given its vintage, the album can be judged on its own merits and not by any currently fashionable yardstick.

Frida's two English-language solo forays have shown that she had a broader emotional and stylistic range than was often utilised in the brilliant ABBA repertoire. On Shine, she veers from torchy chanson (Comfort Me) to full-on drama (Twist In The Dark - a tour de force, vocally and production-wise) via sophisticated pop - One Little Lie, Chemistry Tonight and Shine. Her own songwriting contribution, Don't Do It, is a simple and affecting pop ballad that has actually managed to improve with age.

Of course, some sounds age better than others. The sparky title track, for instance, sounds like it could have been released this week. On the other hand, the slightly cloying Come To Me (I Am Woman) - probably the most chart-oriented track for that era - is greying a little at the temples. Under the 80s sheen, The Face is a gorgeous song with subtle 60s inflections both in the structure and in Frida's powerful delivery. It's the kind of song that Duffy might have recorded, had she been around at the time. The album's most beautiful lyric is Slowly, a song written by Frida's former colleagues, Benny & Bjorn. Lillywhite's arrangement very slightly misses the point, though. Recorded even a semi-tone lower, Frida could have engaged that gorgeously husky lower register that made Knowing Me, Knowing You so poignant.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Nathan Armstrong VINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
fridas second solo outing was a huge flop..more to do with the times than the quality..abba and all to do with was was a big no-no!

the album is produced by steve lillywhite of big country fame..and husband of kirsty mccoll who provides backing vocals!

i prefer this album to "somethings going on" i love the whole feel and essence of the album!

track by track

"shine" the first single failed to set the charts alight..but its a powerful track with great vocals that show of fridas voice...the backing track is amazing 9/10

"one little lie" is a powerhouse of a track, written by kirsty maccoll and simon climie (of climie fisher) its a bit of an epic tune...10/10

"the face" is a bitter song about leaving someone! another great track 9/10

"twist in the dark" was released as a single in a few countries..its a bit wierd when you first listen to it..but fridas vocals are amazing and it grows on you 9/10

"slowly" is an abba song that was intended for the album that never came about! its brilliant! great lyrics as you would expect! and its like an abba track without agnetha 10/10

"heart of the country" was written by the late stuart adamson of big country fame..the trademark sound is there...a great track and a missed gem when released as a single in the uk...but then it got no promotion! 10/10

"come to me (i am woman) is a stunning track! maybe the best solo track frida has done...its a classic! its a song about loving a female..mother/sister/lover! amazing lyrics and delivered with perfection and amazing depth 1000/10 no thats not a mistake!!

"chemistry tonight" is more pop than the rest of the album...i want to say its a filler but its not..
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jim Stembridge on 4 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
More "grown up" than the Abba songs and far more poignant as a result.
An audiofile, I purchased in order to upgrade from an old LP and the clarity and dynamic range on this digitally re-mastered CD is breathtaking. It stayed in the CD player for a week! Forget the Spice Girls; the Abba ladies are the true seat of girl (or should I say women?) power! With Shine, Frida develops a sharper edge to her solo style than with Something's Going On and, with less jazzing up than on the Abba mixes, it is possible to appreciate the true depth of vocal talent that this remarkable lady really has.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ScottPaul ScottPaul on 4 Aug. 2009
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This fantastic album throbs into life from the offset with the grinding rock-stadium-esque drive of 'Shine'. Frida's vocals instantly dominate from the start as she flits about joyfully, easily heard above the pouinding musical accompaniment. The soaring 'One Little Lie' is next, straight-talking, credible and forceful. Track 3 is a top gem-'The Face'-could have been where ABBA were as they broke up-haunting, cut-glass, saddening yet confident-what a chorus and brilliant backing vocals again by Kirsty MacColl. The creeping, trickling unothodoxedly set-up 'Twist In The Dark' won't be instant but by several running of this album (and all who hear it will do this) the song will seep right in there for the sinewy, moody piece it is-it would make a brill track on a horrorn film. The ABBA written 'Slowly' is a fantastic, excellent song but the Swedish group Gemimi's version is the definitive one and Frida's one lacks the throbbing air of power, tumultous acocalyptic rattling and thumping 'end of world' drums that their one had-in fact it needed to be a duet and could have been real something as sung with Agnetha-even moreso than 'Just Like That'-which I still haven't heard ABBA do-but also brilliantly captured by Gemini.

Stuart Adamson of Big Country wroe 'Heart Of The Coutry' for her and the mashing of Scandinavian singer and Scottish songwriting is a belter-beautifully sung and very sad. 'Come To Me (I Am Woman)' is another lovely tune celebrating the healing powers and inward strength of the female sex-and Simon Climie should stay as background vocalist like he did here-he can write but as a lead vocalist he sucks embarrasingly big.
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