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Album Review

The Shins' first studio album in five years is the first to be released through James Mercer's own Aural Apothecary label, and features an all new backing band that includes fellow songwriters Jessica Dobson and Richard Swift, Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer, and Yuuki Matthews from the Crystal Skulls., Rovi

Customer Reviews

probably their best

i'm certain that most of these reviewers are deaf…this is probably the best album the shins have done

Not The Shins we know.

A very different sound to The Shins of previous albums - Which is to be expected with James Mercer being the only remaining original member. I love every previous album from The Shins, but on first listen Port of Morrow is not my cup of tea. Today I'm going to listen to it with fresh ears that aren't trying to hear The Shins, and I hope I will like it more. It's not a bad album, it's just not The Shins we know.

Light, fun and catchy

After a huge wait, the album does not disappoint. Simple Song is up there with their best and the rest of their tracks are a pleasure to listen to.


Formed: 1997 in Albuquerque, NM

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A classic guitar pop group almost nine years in the making, Albuquerque, New Mexico's the Shins began in 1997 as the side project of singer/songwriter and guitarist James Mercer's primary band, Flake. Mercer formed Flake in 1992 with drummer Jesse Sandoval, keyboardist Marty Crandall, and bassist Neal Langford; they eventually changed their name to Flake Music, releasing several singles, a well-received album, When You Land Here, It's Time to Return, and touring with friends like Modest Mouse and...
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