I absolutely love this album. My favourite Cyndi album ever and its a crime that this was not internationally realeased as originally planned. This is pure pop and is what is missing from todays charts. Cyndi has her own unique style unlike any other artist.
Shine - 10/10 - 5 years since hearing this song and it still sounds as fresh as it did then. The start of the song is amazing and reminds me of a fairground ride. Her vocals are superb and is such a catchy song.
Its hard to be me - 9/10 - Great rock song with a 80's vibe.
Madonna Whore - 8/10 Could have been better. Has a funky bassline and simple lyrics. could have been a follow up single. This is the song that was leaked on the net and cyndi thought she was performing live for the first time and the crowds were singing with her and she had to ask how they new it!!! Everywomans a madonna, every womans a whore.. Love it
Wide Open - 8/10 - definately better than the demo version i originally heard. Has a rock style to it.
Rather be with you - 10/10 - Another gem on the album. Catchy r'n'b style song with great lyrics.
Who let in the rain - 9/10 - Originally from her 'hat full of stars' cd, cyndi has remade a version for this album. Not much difference to the 1993 version except a softer approach on the music. I prefer this version to the original as it has a more modern appeal.
Comfort You - 7/10 - A grower. Doesnt appeal on first listen but after a few you really appreciate the song. Has a jazz style.
Eventually - 9/10 - Soft ballad telling a story. Ambient chillout.
Waiting for valentino - 10/10 - Another hidden gem of cyns. Alot of fans dislike this song but i think its brilliant. You need to listen to it on a boiling hot day lazying around the pool. It has a italian feeling to it and i beleive it was written for her grandmother. Superb..
This kind of love - 9/10 - RnB song. Lyrically not the best but is appealing and a good listen. I beleive this song has now been given to this years Canadian Idol winner.
Higher Plane - 8/10 - Not sure what happened on this version but it has changed too much from the demo i heard in 2000. So id fallen in love with that and this got changed too much. I appreciate this song now and its is really good. Especially the end scratching.
Waters edge - 10/10 - THE NEW TIME AFTER TIME - Lovely song, great music, what more can i say. Listen to this one and listen to the one on the body acoustic cd. Bother superb.
Miss my Baby - 7/10 - Bonus track. Not one of my favourites. lyrically its not very good and still sounds as though its in demo stage. Could have been better. Im basing my review exculding this bonus track.
The shine project was cyndi's most challenging in crafting an album of pop songs and returing to her roots. She didnt do a bad job and this definately deserved to be bigger.