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Wincing the Night Away
     

Wincing the Night Away

by The Shins
 

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While the Shins' 2003 album, Chutes Too Narrow, was widely regarded as very good, most agreed that it lacked the spark that made their debut, Oh, Inverted World!, so bewitching. Much of that magic has returned for Wincing the Night Away, which sees the band moving beyond the

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While the Shins' 2003 album, Chutes Too Narrow, was widely regarded as very good, most agreed that it lacked the spark that made their debut, Oh, Inverted World!, so bewitching. Much of that magic has returned for Wincing the Night Away, which sees the band moving beyond the coffeehouse to make their Big Pop Album, while still retaining that thing that made people like them in the first place. At its heart is singer and songwriter James Mercer, whose lovely melodies take unexpected turns and whose lyrics are poetic and elusive. Both facets are in abundance here. Mercer's voice has come a long way, no longer hiding underneath a blanket of reverb. Likewise for the production, which still manages to sound dreamy but is enhanced this time by string and horn sections and a much more prominent use of keyboards. This is an album where surprises and little pleasures appear frequently: the way the opener, "Sleeping Lessons," starts like a lullaby before turning midway into a roaring (for the Shins) rock song; the drum machines that make "Sea Legs" downright funky; and the ebullient "la-la-las" on the irresistible "Australia." If ever there has been a band that is about the little moments, it is the Shins, and Wincing the Night Away is full of them.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2007
Label:
Sub Pop
UPC:
0098787070514
catalogNumber:
705
Rank:
18765

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Tracks

  1. Sleeping Lessons
  2. Australia
  3. Pam Berry
  4. Phantom Limb
  5. Sealegs
  6. Red Rabbits
  7. Turn on Me
  8. Black Wave
  9. Spilt Needles
  10. Girl Sailor
  11. A Comet Appears

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