The Shins
Oh, Inverted World


4.0
excellent

Review

by Welcometothezoo USER (1 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 25 replies | 4,989 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


2 of 3 thought this review was well written

The Shins formed in 1992, a time, of course, when Grunge was swarming the United States. They brought together a wonderful sound of post-punk garage rock, Chicago charged Indie, and down right Brian Wilson inspired pop. It took them 9 years to get to the record I’m reviewing - a simply outstanding one, cultured by years spent together as a band, finding their niche. touring with the likes of Modest Mouse has had it's effects, you can hear their inspiration, but above all, that of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys. Melody is everything, here, a truly, inspired and inspiring album.

Caring Is Creepy 8/10 - a very good opener, it really lets you in on the kind of quality you're about to experience. Intricate lyrics dominate, eerie sounds, vocal techniques that hint Modest Mouse. Simple and effective this song, organs, guitars, dusty drums fuse, verse and chorus vary so nicely.

One By One All Day 9/10 - this song takes the album and runs with it. brilliant tempo, beach boys drums make themselves felt. The lyrics are fantastic, worthy of the title, really worldly stuff, reflective and innocent. Trails out nicely. A sunny, upbeat side of the album.

The Weird Divide 8/10 - a mellow, relaxed song, very calming and mood concerned. Mood is the key here, and we really hear the Brian Wilson come out. It acts as a really great bridge, a calmer, between One by one all day and the next outstanding track of the album.

Know Your Opinion! 10/10 - A great song. So upbeat, with a great opening "Shout out, pimpled and angry!". the mood changes are superb, and surprisingly short, i feel it deserves longer!

Girl Inform Me 8/10 - a nice little song, Brian Wilson is heard even more in his vocals, and the talking at the very end of the track is very reminiscent.

New Slang 10/10 - wonderful song. very touching, but not at all sad or depressing. the perfect balance. the acoustic is so effective in this track in fusion with the complementing bass, that plays unison to the vocals. The vocals are so great, a real sitting-round-the-camp-fire nature, as the entire song is. The song's best moments occur in it's fluid chorus 'if you'd took to me like, a gull takes to the wind'. The electric, Ryan Adams-like, pops in now and again with excellent, complimenting lines.

The celibate life 7/10 - Short but filling in very well. cool guitar sounds.

Girl On The Wing 7/10 - a track that brings the album back up to a strong tempo again. A driving rock 'n' roll beat makes this song, stronger guitars, still some nice Beach Boys intertwining harmony vocals

Your Algebra 8/10 - an eerie song, reminding us of the opener, a baroque style cello runs up and down in the back, spooky vocals, and a nice mood changer. funny ending, with the sound of kids laughing.

Pressed In a Book 7/10 - a nice Beatles-esque track, retro style, nice tempo changes, just follows with the rest of the album, great, easy listening melody.

I'm not sure if there's an 11th track, it may be only on the US version. Let me know if there is, I’d be dying to hear it.

All I can say is, you've got to hear this album!


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Luxor
November 10th 2004



166 Comments


It's a good album. I would have rated "Caring Is Creepy" higher though, it's a killer track.

PDWAB
November 11th 2004



16 Comments


You know I think I'm going to pick this up tomorrow. :chug:

Scott Herren
November 11th 2004



192 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Do it PDWAB, it is better than Chutes. Anyway, "Girl On the Wing" is my favorite off this album. I agree with "New Slang" and "Know Your Onion!" ratings though.

Tapeworm
November 11th 2004



118 Comments


Hasn't this review been done already?

Welcometothezoo
November 11th 2004



36 Comments


oh sorry if it has

Luxor
November 11th 2004



166 Comments


[QUOTE=Tapeworm]Hasn't this review been done already?[/QUOTE]
I don't think so... I did "Chutes Too Narrow", maybe that's what you're thinking of.

Tapeworm
November 12th 2004



118 Comments


interesting ... very interesting. Yeah, it probably is.

embarrassed ++

Luxor
November 12th 2004



166 Comments


I just realized you called The Shins "post-punk/garage-rock". :amaze:

[QUOTE=Tapeworm]interesting ... very interesting. Yeah, it probably is.

embarrassed ++[/QUOTE]
S'all good.

Raskolnikov
November 12th 2004



2 Comments


There is an 11th track on my version ( being that I live in the US, you seem to be correct about that US version)

It's called "The Past and Pending" (5:24), excellent song - very melody driven, very pretty, very poignant, very shins. One of my favorites on that CD.

Tangy zizzle
November 12th 2004



253 Comments


Cool review.

I'll be listening to this soon.

Happymeal
November 12th 2004



330 Comments


Me too.

40 oz 2 freedom
November 12th 2004



96 Comments


[QUOTE=IhateUsernames]It's a good album. I would have rated "Caring Is Creepy" higher though, it's a killer track.[/QUOTE]

For sure.

Luxor
November 13th 2004



166 Comments


[QUOTE=Raskolnikov]There is an 11th track on my version ( being that I live in the US, you seem to be correct about that US version)

It's called "The Past and Pending" (5:24), excellent song - very melody driven, very pretty, very poignant, very shins. One of my favorites on that CD.[/QUOTE]
Yeah, that's a good song. It's kinda fun to play on the guitar, even if it is rather simple.

Welcometothezoo
November 13th 2004



36 Comments


rite, cheers for letting me know, i'll have to get my hands on it.

Sep
July 9th 2005



297 Comments


I got this and I am in love with it. I don't like Your Algebra or Weird Divine though.

djtdub105
August 28th 2005



13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It took me a while to get into this album and realize how great the songs were. Much like Sep, I didn't really like Your Algebra or Weird Divide, a bit too experimental in my opinion. My favs are Know Your Onion!, Girl on the Wing, Girl Inform Me, and New Slang. I find it kinda hard to get into some of the slower songs, but maybe i just don't have the patience. Nice review, James Mercer's melodic sense does remind me a lot of those Beach Boys tunes, and also that of Paul McCartney. Great album.

nicjt321
October 20th 2005



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice job, its a good album!

SyphonAss
March 4th 2006



141 Comments


the shins are the bomb digaty

ktstein
March 5th 2006



438 Comments


Got this from my ex for some holiday, i dont remember...anyways...its terrible! The only two listenable songs are the two from Garden State. Nothing really stands out...this music "will not change your life!!"

FrictionAddiction
March 19th 2006



9 Comments


I liked this album quite a bit. 4/5 maybe? My two faves were A Weird Divide and Your Algebra, both of which had this vibe that I don't really hear anywhere else. I haven't heard too much of Chutes Too Narrow, although Mine's Not A High Horse is a killer tune for sure



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