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The Shins

Oh, Inverted World (LP)

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This vital album is easily among 2001’s most distinguished recordings and one of the best Sub Pop releases to date. Hailing from Albuquerque, NM, The Shins sprung from the ashes of Flake/Flakemusic in 1997 (though those previous incarnations date back nearly a decade) – same members, different instruments, different approach. Counterpoint guitars have given way to a single guitar pitted against calculated keyboard passages; swarming indie rock machinations led to pop-based melodic endeavors.

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Hailing from Albuquerque, NM, The Shins sprung from the ashes of Flake/Flakemusic in 1997 (though those previous incarnations date back nearly a decade) – same members, different instruments, different approach. Counterpoint guitars have given way to a single guitar pitted against calculated keyboard passages; swarming indie rock machinations led to pop-based melodic endeavors.

Something extraordinary is afoot in Albuquerque. The Shins’ first big-time record, Oh, Inverted World, combines mysterious narratives with golden song structures, resulting in lavish and opulent indie pop. Touches of Neutral Milk Hotel’s lyrical majesty and the nostalgic swirl of Echo and the Bunnymen abound. But the Shins’ music–rich with acoustic guitars, flickering rhythms, and Casio-tone keyboards–is distinct and peculiar. Worry mixes with abstraction throughout, and while James Mercer sings, “You led no celibate life / No skirt while chemicals danced on your head / You stole the keys to this ride / And your fables are falling tonight,” you may wonder if he’s been routing through your fondest, most troubling memories. This vital album is easily among 2001’s most distinguished recordings and one of the best Sub Pop releases to date. –Thom Arno

Track Listings

1. Caring Is Creepy
2. One by One All Day
3. Weird Divide
4. Know Your Onion!
5. Girl Inform Me
6. New Slang
7. The Celibate Life
8. Girl on the Wing
9. Your Algebra
10. Pressed in a Book
11. The Past and Pending

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Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 1 in
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