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Now up http://drownedinsound.com/news/4144632-uk-exclusive-album-stream--the-shins-fourth-album-port-of-morrow
Thoughts on the full record?
they always seemed ok - y'know listenable, but not much else
i've heard a few people say things like this.
i sort of presume people are joking.
or have some sort of, yuhknow, problem...
guy doesn't know the meaning of the word "nuanced"
definite stand out track for me so far, they played it live on snl last week, worth checking out http://pitchfork.com/news/45711-watch-the-shins-on-saturday-night-live/
I think it will be necessary to hear it a several times to understand the true value of this record - like the prior ones.
although i kinda feel that it tails off from track 3 and doesn't pick it up for a few songs. some real gems on there tho. not sure it's gonna pip Wincing as my favourite Shins album.
Till later, I'm not a massive fan of the shins but I do like a few tracks of theirs do I will give it a listen when I can ,
On a side note though, isn't this version of the shins a totally different line up to the previous album? If so its not really a shins album is it but more of an 'and friends' type album? Shoot me down if I'm wrong as I said im a casual listener rather than a true fan
...it's a complete new line up although I think some of the old band, Jesse Sandoval, Dave Hernandez contributed to this album. But the band is a new line up with James Mercer being the only contant from previous Shins albums. Richard Swift is now in the band.
Second half is weaker than the first. No Way Down, in particular, is a real clanger. At times it (the album) sounds like Squeeze meets Crowded House, that can't be a good thing ? Anyway, as I said that's after a couple of listens - maybe it's the proverbial "grower".
cos it will be a nice surprise, I'll probably forget it's coming.
that I never want to listen to The Shins again
Truly sensational album.
I'm 8 tracks into Port of Morrow on my first listen and I'm not as impressed.
Going to give it three or four listens at least though on the strength of their previous material.
That's not to say the album is especially fantastic though; I'm just a big fan of The Shins. James Mercer can still turn a phrase with the best of 'em, but the rest of his songwriting game seems to have suffered a bit. Many of the offerings here seem wholly geared towards unleashing a big chorus, but he used to be so good at breaking a song down without notice and fashioning it into something new entirely, while maintaining a certain directness: there's nothing like that on Port Of Morrow (that I noticed or can remember). It's worthy of a few more listens nevertheless and I'll almost certainly be buying it, but to some up Earlier Stuff > New Stuff.
will give it a few more goes though. Hoping it will come across better live at the show in a couple of weeks
So far, nope.
give it a few listens.