Shine is a minor-key album from a major-key producer, Daniel Lanois, who has worked on landmark recordings with U2, Peter Gabriel, and Bob Dylan.

Shine is a minor-key album from a major-key producer, Daniel Lanois, who has worked on landmark recordings with U2, Peter Gabriel, and Bob Dylan. Since Lanois' edgy 1993 album, For the Beauty of Wynona, he's grown even more melancholic, with introspective moods and bare-bones, trash-can production. Lanois' voice is hoarse and yearning, sometimes straining into falsetto as it sits in a stark instrumental landscape of blues, Cajun, and country ambiences. You can hear influences from many of the artists with whom Lanois has worked, including Dylan ("Sometimes"). U2's Bono guests on "Falling at Your Feet" and Emmylou Harris sings harmony on "I Love You." But at the heart of Shine's mood are several haunting instrumentals with Lanois on pedal-steel guitar, creating an ambient country music.—JD

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