Release Date: Mar 24, 2009
Record label: RCA
Shine is Martina McBride's first recording in two years, following up her successful album Waking Up Laughing. While the previous album was entirely self-produced -- a rare reward in Nashville, but one McBride earned with a string of platinum selling recordings -- on this set she is listed as a co-producer with the veteran Dan Huff. As is customary, husband John recorded and engineered the set.
Working with Nashville hitmaker Dann Huff, this good-time country gal lays on the mid-’80s soft-rock cheese a bit thick on Shine: ”I Just Call You Mine” could be a lady’s take on John Waite’s ”Missing You.” She fares better when she strips down, as in ”I’m Trying,” a gorgeous chamber-folk weeper. B? Download This: Listen to songs from the new album on the singer’s MySpace See all current music reviews from EW .
Country star’s latest hardly shines.