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Shine Through

  • 1. Whole World
    2. Long Time Coming
    3. Are You Ready
    4. Busking
    5. Bailar (Scene 1)
    6. Nascimento (Birth) (Scene 2)
    7. Dance for Life
    8. Patria Mia
    9. Shine Through
    10. Caged Birdsong
    11. Arrive
    12. Want Me
    13. One Inna
    14. I'm Beautiful
    15. [Untitled Track]
    16. [Untitled Track]
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 138

  • Credits
    ProducerAloe Blacc; J. Rawls; Madlib
    EngineerAloe Blacc

    Personnel: Aloe Blacc (vocals, horns, percussion); Aloe Blacc; Brad Goldhorn (guitar); Ted Meyer (saxophone); Michael Bergen (keyboards); Henry Greif (bass instrument); Chris Vagnoni (congas); Fabiano Nascimento (guitar).
    Audio Mixer: Aloe Blacc.
    Recording information: The Monmouth Dirty Science Lab.
    Photographer: B+.
    The California hip-hop musician Nathaniel Dawkins has performed under a variety of names in his short career, including stints as part of the duo Emanon and with his band the Breakdown. As Aloe Blacc, he constructs hesitantly rhythmic yet richly textured songs that burst with ideas, incorporating elements of both old-school R&B and the productions of contemporaries like the Neptunes. It's an album of fascinating contrasts. "Long Time Coming" is a cut-and-paste assembly of the classic Sam Cooke song, which Blacc surrounds with disjointed background vocals and ethereal harp; "Busking" is simply a field recording of a song composed while waiting for an L.A. bus; "Nascimento" is a sumptuous, flamenco-flavored love song; and the call-and-response vocal of "Patria Mafia" harks back to the musician's Dominican roots. With its Technicolor sound palette and revelatory outpouring of ideas, SHINE THROUGH recalls the similar flowering of a fertile imagination that was Stevie Wonder's seminal 1972 album, MUSIC OF MY MIND.

  • Critic Reviews
    Vibe (p.140) - "In the tradition of '70s-era Stevie Wonder, SHINE is a luminous soul record that celebrates a people-make-the-world-go-round spirit..."
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