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This review is from: Shine (Audio CD)"Less is more," true like any cliché is, but if there's one man who knows how to make silence work, it is Daniel Lanois. We all know him as a producer, he has worked with music legends like Bob Dylan and U2.
But he seems unaffected by that. In a positive way, I mean. When it comes to making his own music, he prefers to keep it straight and simple. "Simple" meaning using years of experience and hard work to make songs work and not showing off. It seems it all brought him to the silence between music, not wanting to fill it up.
Since his debut "Acadie" in 1989, he has been exploring the roots of American rock - country, blues, folk - from contemporary angles. "Shine" simply sounds magical in that way, less "searched-for", more natural than his previous work. Incredible how Lanois manages to make his rootsy songs blend with modern arrangements and sounds, making them strangely timeless.
His songs shimmer with the joy of making music, searching for the right melodies and notes. His rather limited vocal capacities are compensated with a clear honesty, like he says "Here is who I am, no need to hide."
It all makes "Shine" rich, a beautifully layered album: in terms of sound, lyrics, songwriting, arrangements... It is a "grower", definitely. I am sure there is plenty that waits to be discovered in every song. My album of the year so far.