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|The Incredible Shins Strike Again|
James Mercer was as vital a character in indie over the last
decade as anyone. One of the dorkiest men who managed great
success in the rock n roll industry, he fronts the group of incredibly
catchy super likeable and easy going ultra-indie sounding
musicians known as The Shins. Due to the incredible mainstream
success of Neon Bible and The Suburbs (and the insistence
amongst fans that they will never top Funeral in quality), my
incessant pleas that the Shins are better, more interesting and
more important than The Arcade Fire fall on deaf ears. But still,
with almost 1000 listens, my current listening of 'Wincing the Night
Away' jumps them ahead of Animal Collective for the 5th spot on
my most listened to last.fm artists. Mmmm -- so simple so solid
and always a good thing to be listening to. I'm so very much
looking forward to their newest release.
Getting one's start on the Shins from the time Natalie Portman whispers
that "it'll change your life" to Zach Braff before closing to 'New Slang' is
nothing to be ashamed of. The undeniably catchy and likable track is paired
with 'Caring is Creepy'. Though I would pobably disagree, it could be
argued that these are still the 2 strongest Shins tracks ever.
Oh, Inverted World
Not quite finding their perfect flow, 'Oh, Inverted World' still has all the
passion of a debut album and little negative. Individually, this one probably
Chutes Too Narrow
Cover to cover excellence.
Wincing the Night Away
Maybe they felt like they had something to prove here so they took a bit to
great of pains to make this one sound different than their previous two LPs,
but still, this thing is nearly as good, has several incredible tracks and
shows great diversity. Anyone who finds this to be considerably inferior to
their other two LPs should really give it another chance.
As awesome as it is that Danger Mouse was jamming with James Mercer
and working it out enough to put out a solid album, this still is not as good
as any releases by the Shins. Listen to one, then the other and if you still
disagree with me, well, I disagree strongly with you.
Better tracks on here than their self-titled LP. Seriously. Also, the sputnik
review for this album was really cool.
Port of Morrow
The already released 'Simple Song' will be the second track on the 10-track
album. When this thing leaks please please let me know right away cause
I'm like pretty excited about all this.
|See, I likes indie too not just mellow electronica / trip-hop.|
|seriously guyss as soon as this streams let me know! It's supposed to be released on March 20 though so yea. For now I'm enjoying simple song and september|
|good job with this list|
pretty stoked for the new one after hearing simple song and september
|thanks satty. glad i'm not the only one =]|
|Haven't heard The Shins but really dislike Arcade Fire so Shins win by default|
Which album should I get first?
|whoa cool - thanks staffer. |
@tommy i'd probly start with 'oh, inverted world' , but 'chutes too narrow' would probly work just as well. first two tracks i ever liked by them were their incredibly well-known new slang: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD7qIthSdkA and phantom limb: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evbylEmjBvw .
|australia is my favorite shins song|
|Sweet those songs are great, will get both those albums|
|australia might be my favorite too. that song is so brilliant.|
|i've never listened to The Shins :/|
do I have to give in all my indie cred now?
|why would you deprive yourself :O|
altho you might lose hipster points by listening to a popular indie group so there's that to consider before you take the leap
|iamb pretty much covered it yea|
|OOOOOOOOh oh Oooooooh |
phantom limb is my jam
|Don't know how you can't like them. Aids get on that|
|riffucrazy . shins are super solid|
|I could see the argument for someone liking Funeral more than any Shins album, but Shins discog shits on Arcade Fire's discog, it's not even close.|
|i'd say the shins are my all time favorite band but their tied with a few others. if port of morrow is good then their discography will be infallible. |
|riffoclock: arcade fire is good n all but the shins shit all over them.|
|fyeah The Shins|
I don't really have an opinion on them vs. Arcade Fire though