Polaroids: A Greatest Hits Collection

Polaroids: A Greatest Hits Collection

by Shawn Colvin


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Shawn Colvin's songs are careful and precise: She crystallizes complexities in a few phrases, and her sweetly fragile voice conveys depths of emotions. She's not a prolific writer -- since 1989, she's released only four albums of new material -- but her songs (often written with John Leventhal) are remarkably consistent, as amply demonstrated on Polaroids: A Greatest Hits Collection. Arranged chronologically, the set begins with three tracks from the moody and artful Steady On, highlighted by the gentle pulse of the devastating "Shotgun Down the Avalanche." Fat City, from 1992, included two of her best songs: the lilting, wistful "Polaroids" and the plaintive, heartbreaking "I Don't Know Why." Colvin displayed her skills as an interpreter on 1994's Cover Girl, and she finds new subtleties in the Police's "Every Little Thing (He) Does Is Magic" and the Talking Heads' "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)." She scored a hit and a pair of Grammys with "Sunny Came Home" from 1996's A Few Small Repairs, and songs like "You and the Mona Lisa" and "Get Out of This House" find her channeling bitter feelings into surprisingly bright pop productions. Whole New You from 2001 continued to favor polished arrangements for songs like the lovely "A Matter of Minutes," although the bonus cover of Lennon & McCartney's "I'll Be Back" hints at her folk-leaning early work. Like its namesake, Shawn Colvin's Polaroids emerge from darkness into glossy Technicolor, and the snapshots of her career are captivating at every stage of development.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969345221
catalogNumber: 93452
Rank: 66026

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shawn Colvin   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
John Alagia   Hammond Organ,bass pedals

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Composer
Shawn Colvin   Composer,Producer
Jerry Harrison   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Steve Addabbo   Producer
Chris Frantz   Composer
David Kahne   Producer
Larry Klein   Producer
Moondi Klein   Composer
John Leventhal   Composer,Producer
Fred Remmert   Engineer
Steuart Smith   Producer,Contributor
Tina Weymouth   Composer
John Alagia   Producer
Kenny White   Producer
Mary Maurer   Art Direction
Helix Hadar   Engineer
Adam Odor   Engineer
Pete Hanlon   Engineer

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Polaroids: A Greatest Hits Collection 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
The B&N reviewer's descriptiom of Colvin as careful and precise is right on the mark. She will never display the raw emotion of Lucinda Williams but she is consistent. There may not be a single overwhelming track on here but all of them are good and none makes you hit skip. The crisp production is also praiseworthy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The great Alison Krause once referred to Shawn Colvin's voice as the "greatest" and listening to this compilation, one would be hard-pressed to disagree. I am a long time fan of Colvin's and enjoy this collection a lot. I have even purchased it for some friends as an introduction to Colvin and I am sure that they'll enjoy it. While this is an album I highly recommend, I do question a few of the selections. The cover of the Police tune is my least favorite on the Cover Girl album and I was really surprised to see it on a "greatest hits" album. I would have included "Climb On", "Fat City", "Something to Believe In" and "Dead of the Night" long before that cut. However, I am just happy to have another Colvin CD in my CD rack...just can't wait for her to release some new material very soon.