Wincing The Night Away
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Wincing The Night Away

29 Jan 2007

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  Song Title
Sleeping Lessons
Pam Berry
Phantom Limb
Sea Legs
Red Rabbits
Turn On Me
Black Wave
Spilt Needles
Girl Sailor
A Comet Appears

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  • Original Release Date: 29 Jan 2007
  • Release Date: 29 Jan 2007
  • Label: WM UK
  • Copyright: 2007 Sub-Pop Records Inc., under exclusive license to Transgressive Records Ltd. for the UK & Ireland
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  • Total Length: 41:47
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  • ASIN: B001F3F6YQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,973 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars shins play a blinder 2 Feb 2007
By Stephan
Format:Audio CD
This is the downer album The Shins have always promised, a delicate and beautiful end of the relationship album, but one that's more expansive than their previous releases. It reminded me a little of Beck's Sea Change, but the influence here is British 80's sounds of The Smiths, Echo and The Bunnymen or The Cure. The 60's psych influences are still there too, surf drums and shiny harmonies, but the little synthetized touches, strained strings and electronic beats help bring out the maturity of the song writing. A joy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite album! 12 Jun 2011
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A huge record collection? Stuff you haven't even played? ....and then you bung one on just to see if it's worth a listen. This has become my favorite. There's always something new you discover on every play as well as the lyrics and sing-a-long melodies you're expecting.
This is no one night stand but a real obsessive love affair.
Thanks, David.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Won't cause wincing 3 Feb 2007
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The Shins were described in "Garden State" as a band that will change your life. Tall order, but it got people listening to this brilliant indiepop band's first two albums, and radically raised expectations for their third.

And "Wincing The Night Away" won't disappoint their fans, as they're just moving the same pop aesthetic forward. The Shins' third album sounds confident and polished, with its bizarrely appealing lyrics and a wintry pop sound.

It opens with running footsteps and a shimmering string of synth notes. "Go without 'til the need seeps in/you low animal, collect your novel petals for the stem/And glow, glow, melt and flow/eviscerate your fragile frame," James Mercer croons, sounding like a pensive ghost. Then the melody grows stronger and more intense, until it erupts into a rousing guitarpop tune.

Things get a bit cheerier with the rousing, upbeat sound of "Australia" ("So give me your hand,/And let's jump out the window!") and the fuzzy, ominous sound of a one-minute interlude. After that, the band happily bounces out onto catchy sinuous indiepop, gauzy little melodies, rousing guitar pop, ghostly folky songs, and the surprisingly soft finale "A Comet Appears."

But the highlight has to be the main single, "Phantom Limb," a glorious fuzz-guitar pop tune with surreal lyrics: "So, when they tap our mundane heads/To zombie-walk in our stead/This town seems hardly worth our time/And we'll no longer memorize or rhyme..."

The Shins may have come out with the first really brilliant album of the year, by not changing all the good things about their music. Instead, these guys just tighten up what they already had -- brilliant pop music, complex instrumentation, and really bizarre lyrics.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music in it's most magical form! 19 Jan 2007
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I had massive hopes for 'Wincing the Night Away' and was counting down the days until its release. Being a huge fan of The Shins 'Oh Inverted World' and 'Chutes Too Narrow' I saw a band that was developing in a really interesting and yet very natural way.

James Mercer had talked about the wait for 'Wincing' being worth the time because it gave them time to tweak it and make it as good as possible. The results are truly magical and I couldn't have asked for more. I am positive that this band is headed towards being one of the best in the world. In Ireland I have struggled to find other Shins fans and any friends I try to tell them about show a really uninterested attitude. Pity because they don't realise just how much they are missing.

I have been crazy about a number of bands over the last 15-20 years such as enigma, the cure, the rolling stones, etc but The Shins are absolutely the band I have spent my life searching for. They convey the exact emotions and sounds I look for in music - uplifting, magical, interesting, creative, imaginative, ethereal, and just totally addictive.

My advice to anyone who is a fan of music (regardless of whether you're familiar with The Shins or not) is buy the album - it just might change your life. You have to know their first two albums to fully appreciate the huge development in their sound and the big leaps forward they have made in this album. Keep it up Shins, you are totally amazing. Please come to Ireland so I can see you live!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shins are back. 22 Jan 2007
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With two great albums under their belt The Shins needed an stormer of a return and Wincing The Night Away does just that. With the ghostly mumblings of Sleeping Lessons pulsing as soon as you hit play you know your in for a treat. Although this album maybe weighed with more synths than the last two it only adds to the beautiful melodies that The Shins are masters at crafting. Instant hits on the album include the single Phanton Limb, the awesome Sea Legs & Turn On Me, the rest of the tunes slowly emerge like a flower and all you want to do is taste their pollen. The Shins have tried some new angles on their quirky intellengent peotic songs. Split Needles almost sounds like it wouldn't be out of place in an Incubus set, if only Incubus could craft it as clever as this track is. This is a awesome albums fans of the previous two albums will adore it. Where as new listeners will be enchanted and will be left hungry for more and will have to eat backwards to 'Chutes To Narrow' & 'Oh' Inverted World'. Best Track 'Turn On Me' "You had to know that I was fond of you, fond of Y O U. Beautiful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool album
Really great album. Didn't know much about The Shins until recently and wanted to experiment. Am very impressed, fun and very listenable.
Published 9 months ago by Jade Cleaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Good condition and they meant it!
The CD arrived and it looks as good as new, with even the bumper sticker still fresh inside. Haven't played it yet but I know the album from my Spotify collection. Read more
Published 9 months ago by SteveOz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Great album, gift for my mother (I already own it). I thought she would like it as its a gentle classic
Published 11 months ago by Slizzle
5.0 out of 5 stars my new fav band
i had never listened to the shins until i saw them on TV on from the basement - they are now my favourite band, excellent songs, give them try
Published 12 months ago by mg
5.0 out of 5 stars My New Favourite Album
I bought this album after reading some good reviews and after a few listens I only liked a couple of songs. But after a couple more listens the rest really began to shine through. Read more
Published 15 months ago by James Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like The Smiths, you'll like this.
Listening to the first half of this album, it's hard to get away from The Smiths comparisons. Especially on Phantom Limb which owes alot to the classic Smith track, Half a Person. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2011 by Mr. Glen Haig
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth a second play......just an opinion, mind.
I heard 'Phantom Limb' on the radio (August 2009) and decided to track down the CD. Bad mistake.
So, what's all the fuss about? Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2009 by SS
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful sing along indie pop
clealry one of the highlights of 2007 this band go from strength to strength. beautiful sing along indie pop with standout tracks Phantom Limb and Sealegs approaching perfection.
Published on 7 Feb 2008 by Alister King
4.0 out of 5 stars Fusion Cooking !
What a gem ! These boys really know how to fuse the myriad pop/rock sounds of the past 40 years and cook up a near masterpiece. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2007 by Arthur Dooley
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the albums of 2007
I thought their last album 'chutes' was great but this was a step in a more dance / beats direction. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2007 by S. Reynolds
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