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Album Review

With the unexpected hit "Lullaby" throwing Shawn Mullins into the limelight after almost ten years of performing and recording as an independent artist, Columbia picked up Mullins' fourth full-length, Soul's Core, and released its follow-up, Beneath the Velvet Sun. This collection culls half of its tracks from those two releases, three tracks from Columbia's 1999 compilation The First Ten Years, two unreleased songs (a solo acoustic version of "Joy Terrell Brown" and a live take of "Lonesome, I Know You Too Well"), and two additional tracks previously unreleased in the United States (a duet with Elton John called "Border Song" and an acoustic runthrough of "Lullaby"). This collection serves as a decent introduction for the curious (although it covers nothing from the 1996 effort Eggshells) and the unreleased songs make it a nice addition for collectors, but one can't help but think that The Essential Shawn Mullins serves as the death rattle to his far-reaching contributions to popular music.

Customer Reviews


If you're wanting a comfortable intro to Shawn's modern work, this is a great way to go. If you like the sounds of Canyons & Caverns and/or Lately, be SURE to check out his older albums available from SMG. There isn't a bad one among them. Period. "Border Song (Holy Moses)" with Sir Elton John is phenomenal and is only available on this album...not to be missed!

Great Album and Overview of Everything Powerful About Shawn

As I watched Shawn Mullins this month in Charlotte the guy next to me was telling me about all the shows he saw this year. It must have been 50 performers. Then he said he thought he was looking forward to this show the most. I told him he would not be disappointed. He wasn't, best show by far he'd seen. After the show I got to meet Shawn - great, sincere as his songs guy. He played about four of the songs on this album on his guitar, no backup no nothing. He didn't miss a beat, not a note. Every song just powered out. I like the rest of the band with him but not one ounce of the show or these songs with just Shawn and his guitar disappointed me. I contend Shawn Mullins is the greatest singer songwriter you don't know about but you should. I guess if you only bought one album of Shawn's buy this, But if you are like me you will buy this one and every other one he's done. The amazing thing about Shawn's music is that he's so authentic, so true to his craft and vision.

A true American story-teller

Shawn Mullins is the real deal, an artist who doesn't reject commercial success, but one who won't pander to it either. Sure, he'd like to pay the bills, but he's not a stadium guy. Wants to make good music and play to an audience who appreciates it.

He's the rare performer who has something worthwhile to say...and the talent to deliver. His voice: deep and silky as melted chocolate. It needs little embellishment: a lone acoustic guitar does just fine. Yet his strength is his stories: this is music for people who savor lyrics.

This album is a good overview of his work, drawing from several CDs he has released over the years. A good place to start for those new to his work (or only know him for Rockabye).


Born: March 8, 1968 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

An Atlanta-based folksinger best known for his Top Ten hit "Lullaby," Shawn Mullins was serving as a member of the U.S. Army Airborne Infantry Division when he released his first self-titled cassette (issued on his own label, SM) in 1989. Following the release of 1991's Everchanging World, he left the military after eight years of service to pursue music on a full-time basis. After three years spent fruitlessly searching for a record deal, Mullins established a new label, SMG, and released the LPs...
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