Chris Willman
October 27, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Beneath the Velvet Sun

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Shawn Mullins
genre
Indie Rock

We gave it a C

Working with a major-label budget for the first time, Shawn Mullins still favors variations on the formula that gave him a ’98 hit with ”Lullaby”: slightly pretentious, narrative verses half-spoken over drum loops, leading into pretty, falsetto-driven choruses. It’s Richard Marx filtered through Beck. He tries his darnedest to be eccentric — combining roots music with electronic beats; pouring on the self-consciously short-story-like details — but it doesn’t disguise the sheer MORdinariness of the material on Beneath the Velvet Sun. C

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