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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

Welcome Back!

Amazing band, amazing album! Simple enough! Welcome back Shins to the music scene!

The shins, still awesome!

This album is pretty amazing, as it mixes pop and The shins' typical guitar ballads.
Some songs could be part of James Mercer's project Broken Bells : but that isn't problem, as it makes the album more complex and perfectly recorded.

I highly recommend this album!

Personnal bests : September, For a fool, Fall of '82, it's only life and the rifle's spiral!

The Shins are back, and better than ever.

Been waiting for at least 5 years for this album, and I am not one song dissapoints me. How they mix their classic Indie sound with a more distinctive pop sound with the new band members, makes an entirely unique sound that I have been yet to hear from the band since Oh, Inverted World. The album is much more complex than their previous records. It uses a variety of genres, and at times, it feels like a variety of decades mixed in one. For a Fool is a song that reminds me of a late 60's pop hit. While songs such as September, and 40 Mark Strasse reminded me much more of their songs on Chutes Too Narrow.

Overall, I am entirely impressed with this album. It's catchy, and for most shins fans, it will be a grower. They are back, and this may be some of their best work. It is more than official now... James Mercer is a genius, and he cannot make a bad song!


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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