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Customer Reviews

Just Like the Record

The Shins are brilliant, and to see them live is amazing, but that's because they sound exactly like you would expect them to. All these live tracks are good but they are too similar to the recorded tracks on 'Wincing The Night Away' and 'Chutes Too Narrow'. Definately worth going to see live, but as for purchasing live may as well listen to the albums.

Just like the album

These songs are great, make no mistake. And if you are new to The Shins it's a great place to start. But they don't offer anything the albums don't have, it's hard to even tell they are live. I recently saw a show in Glasgow and it was the best show I've seen, some of the performances were fantastic, when Mercer strains his voice to shouting it is just incredible, and there were songs that now I've heard played live, have been ruined for me, because the album tracks aren't their equal. I'd love to have seen Sleeping Lessons on this EP, and Gone For Good, which both sound different live. It's a very safe EP, the 4 easiest to listen to songs from Wincing... and possibly their most popular song (after New Slang) from the previous albums. There is simply no feeling of listening to live music here. I hope they continue to release live albums though, maybe then I'll get what I'm after.


I see what the other reviewers mean. If I was going to put together a Shins mix, these songs would certainly be on it (and I really like Saint Simon, too), but it's a bit... Shins by numbers. If I'm listening to live stuff, I want to know it's live, with different guitar runs or harmonies. They're just not there. Is it splendid? Yes. But is it worth buying if you've already got the albums? Now that's a toughy. Five stars for the songs, but two for liveishness. And that's not even a real word.


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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