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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.
Garden State

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.
2The Shins
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
3The Shins
Chutes Too Narrow

Cover to cover excellence.
4The Shins
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.
5Broken Bells
Broken Bells

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.
6Broken Bells
Meyrin Fields

Better tracks on here than their self-titled LP. Seriously. Also, the sputnik
review for this album was really cool.
7The Shins
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.
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