Entertainment Weekly - No. 848, p.75
"...[L]oud-but-tasteful, radio-friendly songs..." - Grade: B
While Trey Anastasio has released plenty of records outside of his former band, Phish, 2005's SHINE marks only the second time that the singer/virtuoso guitarist has delved deeply into more unadorned pop/rock territory (the first being his self-titled 2002 album). Jam-band fans may be shocked to note that none of the songs exceed the six-minute mark, and, in fact, many numbers, particularly the catchy title track and the energetic "Air Said to Me," are conventional yet tight and highly melodic rock tunes. Conceived with the heavy involvement of producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Train), SHINE is a showcase for Anastasio's underrated songwriting ability, and proves to be pleasantly accessible for those not accustomed to the instrumental meanderings of his earlier projects.