Former 'Idol' Judge Sings on New Tune From Finnish Duo Shine 2009
May 2nd, 2011
by Eric R. Danton
Hartford Courant / SOUNDCHECK: Music News & Views
Perhaps you’ve been wondering what Paula Abdul has been up to, now that she no longer has “American Idol” as a platform for acting erratic.
Finnish duo Shine 2009 features Paula Abdul on its new song "So Free." (Osma Harvilahti)
As it happens, she’s collaborated with Finnish act Shine 2009, singing on the song “So Free” from the lounge duo’s forthcoming full-length debut, “Realism.”
It’s a super-glossy tune, with busy percussion, a hyper-compressed bulgy bass sound straight out of the ’80s, smooth-jazz horns and breathy vocals, dotted with atmospheric interjections from Abdul, who released three studio albums between 1988-95, including her 7-times platinum first album, “Forever Your Girl.”
Shine 2009’s publicist says Abdul happened to be a fan of the group, which releases “Realism” later this month. It’s the follow-up to the duo’s 2009 debut, “Associates EP.”
Alas, the Rick Astley-worthy video features only her vocals and not Abdul herself, though it’s a little hard to look away from those sweaters.