Their third album is the sound of a band growing up and out. James Mercer’s infectious, indelible melodic style is still at the core, but on various songs he also channels a Morrissey vibe, pairs a hip-hop beat with lush melodic lines and searing guitars, toys with tweaked-out piano steeped in psychedelic strings, utilizes fractured synth samples, adds gauzy, arpeggiated keyboards that cloak thunderous anthems, and even takes cues from early Jesus And Mary Chain sweeping, fuzz-toned epics.
The album also contains the lilting, exhilarating, rollicking, rock-solid pop songs we’ve all come to covet from The Shins. This is the 3rd and arguably the best work so far from the band.
|B2||Turn On Me||3:41|
|B6||A Comet Appears||3:49|