Daniel Lanois'Shine' A Light
Acclaimed producer Daniel Lanois (Bob Dylan, U2) steps back into the spotlight as an artist this week with "Shine," his debut album for Epitaph's Anti imprint. It's first studio release in nearly a decade and is the follow-up to 1993's "For the Beauty of Wynona" (Warner Bros.), which reached No. 26 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.
"My nomadic travels over the years have brought me much life experience, snapshots of which appear on this record," Lanois says. "I've also rediscovered my first love: the steel guitar. I believe it has rescued me one more time."
"Falling at Your Feet" features guest vocals from U2 frontman Bono, while Emmylou Harris chips in on "I Love You." Elsewhere, Lanois indulges a Neil Young-style feedback frenzy on "Slow Giving," while "J.J. Leaves L.A." is part Cajun/country lullaby, part "Sleepwalk"-style "surf rock" instrumental. Lanois begins a North American tour May 11 in Newport, Ky.