The Shins – Wincing the Night Away February 10, 2007Posted by Walt in mini-review.
The third CD from the “life-changing” band is a triumph. I am always concerned about albums that are 4 years in the making. Sometimes it seems like taking too much time to make an album can be as bad or worse than taking too little. In the case of the Shins, 4 years was juuuusssssttttt right. Cryptic lyrics, spectacular settings and lush production add up to a wonderful listening experience.
Highlights: “Phantom Limb”: the first single, is an infectious riff on small-town lesbian angst. I don’t hear that in the lyrics myself, but who cares. It’s a great song. “Australia”: you’ve got to love a song that uses the word conundrum – twice. But seriously, it’s a power-pop marvel. A upbeat tune matched with lyrics that could be read as desperate. “Turn On Me”: How is James Mercer able to come up with so many wonderful pop melodies? I don’t know what the song means, but who cares?
Rating: 9 (out of 10)
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