Shine On! (Remastered) 2021

by BeTh isBell

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Work It Out 04:44
Shine On! 03:52
Love Sublime 04:40
Love Tonight 02:59


BeTh isBell † Shine On! EP (Remastered)
Alternative / Indie Rock / Adult Contemporary
Humboldt, CA and Oklahoma City, OK

Work It Out
We Are The Gods!
Shine On!
In This Moment
Love Sublime
Love Tonight

BeTh isBell • Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Cody Fowler • Bass Guitars (tracks 1-4)
Nicholas Ley • Drums, Percussion (tracks 1-4)
Justin Hays • Rhythm Guitars (tracks 1-4)
Blaise Thompson • Lead Guitar (track 2)
Justin Hobart-Brown • Bass Guitar (track 5)
Joey Incorvaia • Drums, Percussion (track 5)

Review by Kev Moore (UK):
Beth Isbell
Shine On!
This 6 track ep is a revelation.
It’s got more hooks than an overstocked fishing shack. There’s an understated laconic delivery to the opening track ‘Work it Out’ - interspersed with some tasteful bluesy guitar. The song has a hypnotic revolving chord structure that draws you in. It’s electric, with just the right underpinning of acoustic to fill things out. I like the contrast between the one note outro solo and the more florid guitar fills that pepper the track.
Then we have ‘We are the Gods!’ Which is hugely reminiscent of Blue Oyster Cult and would sit comfortably within ‘Agents of Fortune’ It’s a great song that actually doesn’t need the Space Oddity section - it can more than stand on its own. A nice scorching slide solo over a different riff takes it elsewhere. It’s a quite majestic track.
Next up, the title track. The chorus is steeped in British new wave but its plunged into balls out rock with a Wah Wah solo that is pure 70’s - in a good way.
‘In this moment ’ is a shuffle of sorts - like Black Velvet on acid - Beth’s vocal is full of anguish in the verse and then soars in the self affirmation of the chorus, backed with the ‘love love love’ descending refrain - hooky as hell. Lovely blues licks coil around the track, lifting it.
‘Love Sublime’. Lots of space in this track - Bowiesque, and maybe a little Roxy too.
But just when you think you have a handle on it, it gets funky .. it’s constantly moving and once again the guitar - a feature of this ep - lifts the song a little higher. The drums enjoy switching fills on the chorus.
‘Love tonight’ instantly creates an atmosphere- and you’re in the movie - the ghost of Lou Reed lives here. A hypnotic electric piano and an interestingly sparse drum pattern is augmented by a buzz saw cello and then suddenly it’s stripped back again.
After one spin, you’ll be singing these songs, and surely that’s what it’s all about.
-Kev Moore (Witch Cross)


released May 15, 2021

All tracks recorded at Bell Labs, Norman, OK
Engineered and Mixed by Trent Bell (1-4, 6),
*except Track 5 Engineered by Jimmy Foot
with Bongo Boy Studios, McKinleyville, CA
24-bit Mastering by TreeLady, Philadelphia, PA
Produced by Trent Bell and BeTh isBell

© 2021 EMI / WCI Music / BeThisBell


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About BeThisBell:

CMJ Music Marathon 2015. Finalist 2008/09 USA Songwriting Contest, TAXI Top 10 Songwriter Pick 2008 ...
Music Press: "subversive," "edgy," "passionate," "innovative," "alternative art at its best." "An artist who is truly one of a kind!"
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