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November 26, 1989 | STEVE HOCHMAN
History: Born in the Black Hills town of Vermillion, S.D., Colvin was surrounded with the music of the late-'50s and early-'60s folk boom by her folk-fan father. Moving with her family first to London, Ontario, Canada and then Carbondale, Ill., Colvin sang and took up acting in high school and got her first paying singing gig at 19.
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June 26, 2009 | Mikael Wood
Not long into her concert Wednesday night at the Greek Theatre, just as the sun was dipping below the horizon, Shawn Colvin sang a lovely version of Robbie Robertson's "Twilight," in which the narrator makes a pretty solid case that "twilight is the loneliest time of day."
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January 28, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM
If Sartre was right and hell is other people, Shawn Colvin's self-involved show Tuesday night at the Coach House should have been little short of heavenly. Colvin's acoustic concert was as solo as solo can be. In terms of performance, that wasn't bad at all: This talented folk-pop singer managed quite well with a crystalline voice, a gift for melody, and the ability to accompany herself on guitar with energy and flair. But in terms of songwriting, she too often falls into solipsism.
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October 13, 2006 | David Bauder, Associated Press
There are a few things Shawn Colvin fans can expect every time she comes forth with new music. One is smart, literate folk-pop of the type she's been making since her 1989 debut. Another is an intriguing cover song or two, in this case a take on the Bee Gees' "Words." Colvin is nearly a decade removed from a career peak, when her dark tale "Sunny Came Home" became an unlikely hit and won Grammy Awards for song and record of the year.
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November 6, 1996 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Poor Shawn Colvin. Not because she had to endure a bitter divorce--she seems to have recovered adequately, with a solid song-cycle to show for it in her fourth album, which is marked by enticing melodies and a wide range of folk-rock settings for her impressive vocal gifts. But her timing is bad. "Repairs" comes in the wake of the '90s standard for break-up songs, Alanis Morissette's razor-edged, expletive-laced "You Oughta Know."
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June 3, 1999 | NATALIE NICHOLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What's the best part about being the opening act for a close friend's concert? "You don't have to be tense about wanting to make sure the other act thinks you're good," says singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin, who will precede her longtime pal Mary Chapin Carpenter on stage Sunday at the Greek Theatre. Colvin, who has sung on many of Carpenter's albums, clearly passed that audition a long time ago.
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December 8, 1992 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Many adult women are drawn to singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin's music. She proudly explained why. "I write about what I feel and what I'm going through, which may strike a chord with women who are going through the same thing," said Colvin, who appears on Thursday at the Troubadour. "I've been feeling my way through life and love, staggering here and there and then going on--just like a lot of other women."
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April 15, 1997 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin certainly has a lot of nerve. The South Dakota native demonstrated it three years ago when she released "Cover Girl," an album filled with her versions of songs written by some of the most valuable and distinctive voices in all of pop, from Bob Dylan and Tom Waits to Steve Earle and Sting.
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September 5, 1997 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Singer-songwriter-guitarist Shawn Colvin toiled for most of the '80s in clubs and cafes on the East Coast. She eventually stepped up to the majors in 1989, releasing three solid but commercially unspectacular albums for Columbia Records. Now, financial success, too, has come in the name of "A Few Small Repairs." Bolstered by two hit singles ("Get Out of This House" and "Sunny Came Home"), the 1996 album has turned into gold, selling 556,000 copies nationwide, according to SoundScan.
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March 24, 2001 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
"Who's that whimpering child out there?" Shawn Colvin asked early in her show this week at the Bottom Line. "Who'd dare bring a child to a show like this?" If you didn't know that the deadpan Colvin was referring to her own daughter in the audience, you'd think the singer-songwriter was a bit cranky. But then, it's hard to imagine that anyone in the packed club wasn't in on the joke.
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March 24, 2001 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
"Who's that whimpering child out there?" Shawn Colvin asked early in her show this week at the Bottom Line. "Who'd dare bring a child to a show like this?" If you didn't know that the deadpan Colvin was referring to her own daughter in the audience, you'd think the singer-songwriter was a bit cranky. But then, it's hard to imagine that anyone in the packed club wasn't in on the joke.
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February 15, 2001
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO 8pm Pop Music So Shawn Colvin's contributions to "The Simpsons" and to Sting's song in "The Emperor's New Groove" aren't enough to tide you over until the March 27 release of her first album of new material since 1996? Well, there's a good chance you can get a taste of that music when the singer-songwriter comes to the Coach House. * Shawn Colvin, Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. With Brooke Ramel. 8 p.m. $26.50 to $28.50. (949) 496-8927.
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June 3, 1999 | NATALIE NICHOLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What's the best part about being the opening act for a close friend's concert? "You don't have to be tense about wanting to make sure the other act thinks you're good," says singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin, who will precede her longtime pal Mary Chapin Carpenter on stage Sunday at the Greek Theatre. Colvin, who has sung on many of Carpenter's albums, clearly passed that audition a long time ago.
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April 13, 1998 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shawn Colvin has taken on ballast lately in ways healthy for her fame, her happiness and her artistry. The Grammys she won in February for "Sunny Came Home," the record and song of the year, are the kind of cargo that can make a career sail smoothly; the acclaim brought an extra buzz to the evening Saturday as she began a four-night run (ending Tuesday) of solo acoustic shows at the Coach House.
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February 22, 1998 | Elysa Gardner, Elysa Gardner is a regular contributor to Calendar from New York
Unless you've been living in a cave, you probably know that female pop singers have enjoyed a high profile lately. The Lilith Fair tour, a "Girlapalooza" spearheaded by singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, was last summer's biggest concert festival draw, and women in pop music are now gracing magazine covers, securing record contracts and selling albums in greater numbers than ever.
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September 5, 1997 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Singer-songwriter-guitarist Shawn Colvin toiled for most of the '80s in clubs and cafes on the East Coast. She eventually stepped up to the majors in 1989, releasing three solid but commercially unspectacular albums for Columbia Records. Now, financial success, too, has come in the name of "A Few Small Repairs." Bolstered by two hit singles ("Get Out of This House" and "Sunny Came Home"), the 1996 album has turned into gold, selling 556,000 copies nationwide, according to SoundScan.
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June 26, 2009 | Mikael Wood
Not long into her concert Wednesday night at the Greek Theatre, just as the sun was dipping below the horizon, Shawn Colvin sang a lovely version of Robbie Robertson's "Twilight," in which the narrator makes a pretty solid case that "twilight is the loneliest time of day."
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September 4, 1994 | Chris Willman
* * * Shawn Colvin, "Cover Girl," Columbia. On her first album of solely outside material, Colvin tends to make bittersweet ballads (Tom Waits' "The Heart of Saturday Night" and David Byrne's "Naive Melody") sweet, and sweet numbers (Sting's "Every Little Thing (He) Does Is Magic") sweeter. If a sense of revelation is your standard of successful song interpretation, this might not cut it. But sometimes, as here, dulcet is just dandy enough.
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April 15, 1997 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin certainly has a lot of nerve. The South Dakota native demonstrated it three years ago when she released "Cover Girl," an album filled with her versions of songs written by some of the most valuable and distinctive voices in all of pop, from Bob Dylan and Tom Waits to Steve Earle and Sting.
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November 6, 1996 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Poor Shawn Colvin. Not because she had to endure a bitter divorce--she seems to have recovered adequately, with a solid song-cycle to show for it in her fourth album, which is marked by enticing melodies and a wide range of folk-rock settings for her impressive vocal gifts. But her timing is bad. "Repairs" comes in the wake of the '90s standard for break-up songs, Alanis Morissette's razor-edged, expletive-laced "You Oughta Know."
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