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Editors’ Notes

In the 2004 film Garden State, Natalie Portman’s character famously claims that listening to a track from The Shins’ debut record will “change your life.” That statement holds true for this sophomore effort from the Albuquerque, NM-based band. It’s a stellar display of ’60s-influenced indie pop wizardry spiked with sing-song melodies, jangly guitars, and labyrinthine lyrics delivered in a giddy, breathless rush. Even when you can’t make out precisely what James Mercer is saying, the sentiment behind his words lands like an arrow to the heart.

Customer Reviews


This album is awesome. One of my definite favourites.

I tip my hat off to you

Chutes to Narrow is one of the few albums I can listen back-to-back any time. It'll never lose its spark; even if you strap me to a chair with "Kissing the Lipless" on repeat.


This is one of my most favorite albums, one of the few I can listen to entirely without having to skip over songs that I don’t like as much.


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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