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Wincing the Night Away [VINYL] Import
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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.Read more ›
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!
This is no one night stand but a real obsessive love affair.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every track amazingly different and brilliant.
Will change how you listen to music forever.
Great condition and quality with fast delivery, very pleased.Published 23 months ago by Lee Cunningham
Really great album. Didn't know much about The Shins until recently and wanted to experiment. Am very impressed, fun and very listenable.Published on 24 July 2013 by jade1
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 morePublished on 26 Jun. 2013 by SteveOz
Great album, gift for my mother (I already own it). I thought she would like it as its a gentle classicPublished on 29 April 2013 by Slizzle
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 tryPublished on 26 April 2013 by mg
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 morePublished on 5 Jan. 2013 by James Burke