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Daniel Lanois

"The best records come out of a stretch of experience," says Daniel Lanois. "Personal life experience, romantic experience, family, friends, global events - it all sort of stacks up and at a certain point one has a duty as a reflector, an interpreter, to just say what needs to be said."

Lanois has certainly had experiences that few can match. As a producer of such masterworks as Bob Dylan's "Time Out of Mind," Peter Gabriel's "So," and U2's "The Joshua Tree" and "All That You Can't Leave Behind," he is unarguably one of the most significant musical minds of our time. And after so many groundbreaking collaborations, Lanois has decided that once again the time has come to "say what needs to be said" with "Shine" - his third solo album, and his first since the acclaimed "For the Beauty of Wynona" ten years ago.

Recorded in locations from Mexico to Dublin, "Shine" reveals a remarkable range of sounds, emotions, and approaches to music-making. From the epic sweep of the opening track, "I Love You," featuring the unmistakable harmonies of Emmylou Harris, to the lovely music-box melody of the closing instrumental "JJ Leaves LA" ("the loneliest thing I ever did," says Lanois), the album represents a lifetime spent absorbing blues, rock, country, and folk song. "I wanted the record to be one of those that you put on and you never take off," says Lanois. "I wanted it to have songs that could be embraced by all - popular songs - and also mystery songs, snapshot songs, smaller songs, and I wanted to include tripped-out psychedelic instrumentals that take people on a journey.

"It's a lovely thing when you can elevate somebody's spirit," he continues, "and that's what a record should be about - to give people an outlet for...

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