Wipe the dust from your brows, folks- The Shins are here. On their first full length album, this
Albuquerquian band’s aim for a sound resembling a
marriage between old-new wave and drunken sixties
music comes through loud and clear. Front man James Mercer sings to wandering melodies that seem able to accommodate only his tenor voice, and with instruments ranging from twangy guitars and jangly tambourines to cheap casios played to match, it’s no wonder that Sub Pop Records picked up on this foursome. Those with a liking for pop music must lend an eager ear to this album.