Shame [20th Anniversary Edition]

Shame [20th Anniversary Edition]

by BradBrad




Released a couple of months before Pearl Jam's Vs. broke sales records, Shame is one of the sharper side-project efforts out there, largely because it doesn't seek to clone the parent group. Instead of Gossard, the focus falls on vocalist Shawn Smith, the sweetly voiced, soul-inspired frontman who also achieved notice later for his own group, Satchel, as well as his project with production legend Steve Fisk, Pigeonhed. On his first major effort, Smith shows excellent control, avoiding the dubious theatricality of the likes of Michael Bolton. His astonishing falsettos have won him Prince comparisons, but he's no slavish imitator, with a rich tone and sense of hurt. He handles keyboards for the group as well, and his piano and organ parts quite fine and his performance sense generally spot on. His composition "Screen," especially when it gets to a lovely vocal/piano/bass break towards the end, is a good all-around showcase for his work. As a band, Brad works in traditional but quite effective ways, about as close as the group gets to Pearl Jam in any sense. If anything, in "My Fingers" the group actually has a better anthem than most of what's on Ten, Smith's heavily flanged vocals mixed with a stirring Gossard guitar build and rhythms crunch. The group mostly works in two modes -- uplifting, heavier rockers along the lines of "My Fingers," also including the quietly funky "20th Century" and the great album-finisher "We," and slower, quieter late-night groovers like "Buttercup" and "Good News." If not groundbreakers per se, the four always do a fine job, guaranteeing a pleasant listen through and through. Bassist Jeremy Toback's own vocal turn on the melancholic "Down" isn't bad either, while the squelchy-voiced "Rockstar" is an amusing little one-off, not to mention the weird rant in the album's final seconds.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2013
Label: Razor & Tie
UPC: 0793018340724
catalogNumber: 83407


  1. Buttercup
  2. My Fingers
  3. Nadine
  4. Screen
  5. 20th Century
  6. Good News
  7. Raise Love
  8. Bad for the Soul
  9. Down
  10. Rockstar
  11. We

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brad   Primary Artist
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Stone Gossard   Guitar,Group Member
Regan Hagar   Drums,Group Member
Shawn Smith   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Jeremy Toback   Organ,Bass,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Brad   Producer
Brett Eliason   Engineer
Stone Gossard   Composer
Regan Hagar   Composer,Packaging
Mark Lindsay   Paintings
Shawn Smith   Composer
Jeremy Toback   Composer
Joel Zimmerman   Art Direction
Lance Mercer   Band Photo
Eric Johnson   Artwork
Kelly Curtis   Representation
Amy Sciarretto   Liner Notes

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