The Shins - Wincing The Night Away

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Wincing The Night Away is the third studio album by American indie rock band The Shins, originally released in January 2007 by Sub Pop Records.

Though they took a little while to deliver a new album, Wincing The Night Away shows that time was well spent. Neither a retread nor a radical departure, the album is a mix of quintessentially Shins songs and tracks that take their sound in subtly different directions.

Wincing's clean, borderline slick production is the main concession to the band's post-Garden State fame, but this just makes joyfully sad songs like "Australia" and "Turn On Me" sound like nods to jangly '80s indie instead of jangly '60s guitar pop. "Phantom Limb" is the closest the album comes to the Shins-by-numbers, though the strange, soaring chord change that leads into the chorus keeps things from being too predictable.

Many of the album's best moments show how the Shins' music has progressed: "Sleeping Lessons" begins and defines Wincing The Night Away, moving from shimmery opening keyboards to strummy acoustic guitars to a rousing, electrified finish. "Black Wave" is another standout, a stark ballad with chilly layers of electronic textures surrounding James Mercer's plaintive vocals, and "Spilt Needles" continues this dark, dreamy, synth-heavy feel.

The band ventures even farther from familiar territory with "Sea Legs"' slinky beat and funky bass line, and with "Red Rabbits"' keyboards, which sound like a cross between dripping water and steel drums. These experiments never feel contrived, and never get in the way of the vulnerable heart of the Shins' music (which beats loudest on the hopeful album closer, "A Comet Appears").

Wincing The Night Away is the sound of the Shins acknowledging where they've been and moving on to new territory, and while it probably won't change your life, it probably will make it more enjoyable, which most likely, is all the Shins wanted to do in the first place.

Check out the tracks: “Australia”, “Turn On Me” and “Phantom Limb”. 

This limited edition LP reissue with inner sleeve and digital download is pressed in the USA on black vinyl.

(098787070514)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Sleeping Lessons

3:58

A2

Australia

3:56

A3

Pam Berry

0:56

A4

Phantom Limb

4:47

A5

Sea Legs

5:22

B1

Red Rabbits

4:30

B2

Turn On Me

3:41

B3

Black Wave

3:19

B4

Split Needles

3:45

B5

Girl Sailor

3:44

B6

A Comet Appears

3:49

SKU 098787070514
Record Label Sub Pop Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number SP 705
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 01 January 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 23 January 2007
Barcode # 098787070514
Shipping Weight 0.2250kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Printed Insert, Reissue, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Indie Rock
Format VINYL LP

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