Stereophile February 2007 Recording of the Month. Four stars for performance and sonics.
Their third album is the sound of a band growing up and out. James Mercer's
infectious, indelible melodic style is still at the core, but on various songs
he also channels a Morrissey vibe, pairs a hip-hop beat with lush melodic lines
and searing guitars, toys with tweaked-out piano steeped in psychedelic strings,
utilizes fractured synth samples, adds gauzy, arpeggiated keyboards that cloak
thunderous anthems, and even takes cues from early Jesus And Mary Chain
sweeping, fuzz-toned epics. The album also contains the lilting, exhilarating,
rollicking, rock-solid pop songs we've all come to covet from The Shins.
"Three albums on, it's impressive how much momentum this quartet has built,
how much they still have to say musically, and in how many ingenious and
enticing ways they've learned to speak." - Robert Baird, Stereophile
Magazine, February 2007
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