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Port Of Morrow [CD]

The Shins Audio CD
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Our story begins in Albuquerque, NM, in 1996. Brought together by a genuine love of pop music – and subsequent eschewal of college aspirations – singer/guitarist James Mercer, drummer Jesse Sandoval, keyboardist Marty Crandall and bassist Dave Hernandez formed The Shins. Mercer had taught himself to play the ... Read more in Amazon's The Shins Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B006VE679C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,791 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Rifle's Spiral
2. Simple Song
3. It's Only Life
4. Bait And Switch
5. September
6. No Way Down
7. For A Fool
8. Fall Of '82
9. 40 Mark Strasse
10. Port of Morrow

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Port of Morrow was recorded in Los Angeles and Portland over the course of 2011 with Mercer as usual handling all songwriting duties, lead vocals and the majority of instrumentation. The record was produced by Greg Kurstin and mixed by Rich Costey.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Music Won't Change Your Life.... 20 Mar 2012
By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
No other band has been overshadowed by a reference in a movie more than The Shins. That Natalie Portman line from Garden State has been mentioned in every critical review of this album and its a little unfair. Not only are the band radically different from that era (they are no longer really a band in the traditional sense as most members have departed), but their music has evolved. Port of Morrow is not the same vein of innocence that their first album had and this is as it should be. After all that album was released over ten years ago. However, whichever way you cut it this isn't as good as some previous efforts.

Port of Morrow is a record that sounds like it belongs in the seventies. The kind of singer songwriter music that at turns was mournful and at other joyous. The music is light and at times effortless. However, its lack of weight also means that it lacks the impact and longeviety many would expect. Bait and Switch, for example, is a pop ditty which is light of heart and whilst you find yourself humming along it doesn't linger as it should. Simple Song is effective and efficient but where it should soar highly it doesn't quite take flight. The vocals are strong and this is a strength and a weakness as they seem to lack the emotive edge that first bought The Shins to fame.

Those are the quibbles. And its the kind of album where expectations are high and you focus on what doesn't work before you realise what does. Fall of '82 and 40 Mark Strasse have a kind of linger aftertaste. This is not just due to the melodies, harmonies and instrumentation. The lyrics are also part of their strength.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I want to hate it... 21 April 2012
By Patrick Lye VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It's rare that I've approached an album with an adamant desire to hate everything about it. After hearing the news that James Mercer had fired the entire band and drafted in a new team, whilst having the cheek to keep The Shins name... I wanted nothing more than to hate the album, and enjoy doing so. So it was strange that in listening to it played by my brother... I was left with a burning intrigue to listen to more. Grudgingly, I had been hooked.

It's tough to pin down the stars for this one. The songs range from I-just-listened-to-that-so-let's-listen-to-it-again addictive to why-is-my-brain-trying-to-rip-out-my-ear-canal awful. There's a lot of 4-5 star material brought down by weak tracks. It feels like it both is and isn't The Shins (firing the original band would do that)... almost like it's The Shins' offspring, where the mother is Broken Bells. The sound is similar to The Shins' previous work - But new additions to the team mean that there's more in the way of instruments and effects.

Lyrically, it's nice to see that Mercer's ability at crafting words elegantly hasn't been hit too hard, though it does feel a little watered down at times. Many songs keep The Shins' charming style of clever metaphors and honest thoughts... but there are points that sometimes feel a little, dare I say, bland. It certainly lacks some of the same charm that fans of The Shins' previous works might be able to relate to.

1. Rifle Spiral - So the album kicks off with this. It's an excellent opener with a nice dark edge to it, infused with Mercer's unflinching ability to craft such visceral images. It carries a lot of overtones of 'Wincing The Night Away'
2. Simple Song - This is ultimately standing as the 'Phantom Limb' of the album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not unexpected 7 Jun 2012
By Rab
Format:Audio CD
I thought Oh Inverted World was a great album - it didn't change my life but was probably my favourite album at the time of its release. Chutes too narrow was much of the same but I could see a slide happening. The music just wasn't as fresh. Wincing the Night Away had one or two good songs and I really wanted to like it but just couldn't. I think they might've been trying too hard to write a song that just wasn't there. I happened to listen to Port of Morrow by chance - I didn't buy it as I knew I'd be disappointed. I was. But rather than being jarringly disappointing like Wincing, it is just bland guitar pop - even the vocals don't seem to have Mercer's usual character. At least I don't keep having to listen to it in an attempt to get my money's worth. The Shins might well be one of those bands that started with a bang and got less interesting with each new release. In ten years time I'm sure they'll have a good best of collection. Maybe I'll even return to 'Morrow' and be pleasantly surprised.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I really can't understand the negative comments on this album. What are you people listening to! Ok, I know its personal taste and all that, but come on, its brilliant. Open your ears people. Let it grab you and take you away. Just like 'Wincing' gets undeserved bad reviews, I can't understand it. Both brilliant albums. In my opinion. Get the stars up people.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 19 Mar 2012
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
I'm slightly dissappointed that this is all I can say about a Shins album, but then both Inverted World and Wincing were growers for me so I might come back feeling great about it in a few days or weeks.

The first two tracks made me feel like this was going to be another Wincing the night away. Melodic, catchy, full of Shins composition cues, and even a bit rockier than I expected. I heard Simple Song on the radio before I bought this album and thought 'Oh my God, there's a Shins CD I've missed'.

And that's kind of the problem for me. It's good but I don't think it's that fresh. It doesn't sound like 5 years have passed since Wincing.

After a so so mid section it picked up again briefly with Fall of 82 and 40 Mark Strasse. Then I found the final and titular Port of Morrow track started slightly remeniscent of Broken Bells. So overall, doesn't burn as brightly as Wincing, and doesn't approach the same cohesiveness as Inverted World. But then what does?
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Published 13 months ago by Elena G
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shins - Port of Morrow
Brilliant album! Saw the Shins for the first time on BBCs festival coverage and thought they were great. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Coxygoesvroom
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QUESTO E' L'ALBUM FORSE CHE NON TI ASPETTI DA QUESTA BAND SONO RIUSCITI A RACCHIUDERE SUONI LIRICHE MOMENTI DI TOTALE ABBANDONO RIESCONO A SUCITARE IN CHI ASCOLTA UN SENSO DI PACE... Read more
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Published 19 months ago by Spike
4.0 out of 5 stars melodic Shins music
For those who haven't listened to a Shins cd before this one is a good start. For those of us who have folllowed their discography Port of Morrow is a really good effort but it... Read more
Published 21 months ago by yiannis22
5.0 out of 5 stars wasnt sure at first
After about four listens these songs finally sink in and you can finally appreciate another great cd by The Shins.My particular favourites are For A Fool and 40 Mark Strasse.
Published 23 months ago by Steve Hendy
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