Port of Morrow (CD)


The Shins

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Amoeba Review

03/20/2012

The Shins’ first album in five years is a resetting of sorts for the band Natalie Portman once famously said would “change your life” in Garden State. James Mercer has a new set of backing musicians that help bring to life his golden nuggets of progressive psych-pop. The change gives renewed energy to Mercer’s intricate arrangements, more in line with the energetic first two Shins albums, as he seems free to try new ideas (perhaps inspired by his versatile work with Danger Mouse in Broken Bells) and still fall within the confines of Shins-dom, from the summery syncopated pop of “No Way Down” to the subtle balladry of “It’s Only Life” to the tropicalia-esque “Bait and Switch.” Of course, Mercer can still write a college rock song like no other, as he does on “Simple Song,” which is so on point in its simple pleasures that it could be an indie rock primer — young guns, take note.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
The Rifle's Spiral
The Shins 03:29
2.
Simple Song
The Shins 04:15
3.
It's Only Life
The Shins 04:01
4.
Bait and Switch
The Shins 03:23
5.
September
The Shins 03:33
6.
No Way Down
The Shins 03:16
7.
For a Fool
The Shins 03:56
8.
Fall of '82
The Shins 03:48
9.
40 Mark Strasse
The Shins 04:38
10.
Port of Morrow
The Shins 05:49

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