Folk on Tap Jan - Mar 2003 editionOver the course of her career, it's become clear that Elaine Morgan is a singer songwriter in the classic mode - cutting to the heart of a story with her writing, telling it in her own voice and acting as a catalyst to bring the right folks together to make the rest of the song come truly to life. When I listen to Elaine singing today, I still hear that same strength and personality that I first heard on her Ashley Hutchings produced debut album. Nothing has changed in her style. There is still the rich, laconic voice, the easy manner with a lyric, the comfortable presence with an audience. "Shine On" contains twelve tracks where Elaine's delivery, always distinctive and strong, are equalled by her obvious strengths as a songwriter of sophistication and considerable worth. It's all here - the music that Elaine has been singing and playing all her life - and were deeply fortunate she's here to lay it down for us. The album presents an inspired and inspiring journey which is both emotive, vibrant and arresting.
The Ledge Dec 2002After several years of success working with Dan Ar Braz and Donal Lunny in Heritage Des Celtes, Elaine set about recording this album. The result is a smooth collection of songs that include some fragile and tranquil moments. But don't think new age bland. Throughout the album the instrumentation is unobtrusive, even delicate, supporting Elaine's vocal to the full yet engaging during the instrumental passages. " Bright Lights " is an acapella song on the search for fame and fortune, which for many are simply bright lights in the eyes. " The Waterwheel " tells a tale of growing up, and industrialisation creeping up all around, and provokes thoughts of environmental damage - sounds rather clinical written like this, but the song, like all the others on the album, is full of feeling.
Focus On Folk Dec 2002The talent to entertain is not granted to everyone, although many people enjoy the results of those who are gifted in this way. Elaine Morgan not only entertains but manages to take you to a level of sublime musical enjoyment not always available even to those who have these talents. "Shine On" is a beautifully crafted mix of songs self penned by Elaine - haunting melodies, excellent lyrics, great subject matter. I can only recommend that you buy the album ... and enjoy.
Rambles - internet folk magazineSarah Meador says Elaine Morgan's Shine On "is a dangerous album. With simple lyrics, it could just be another pleasant Celtic-inspired set of tunes. But beyond the simple beauty of the music, over the touching poetry of the lyrics, Shine On layers a powerful, entrancing spell: Elaine Morgan's voice." Morgan could sing the phonebook and it would still be captivating. The only downside to this album is that once you hear it, you won't just want more of her music. You will require it. As for me , I have an album to hear again.