To me Heartworms is a grower. That has happened to me with all Shins albums, except Port of Morrow. But are albums that need a couple of listens really worse than love at first listen? I don't think so.
I think it's imperfections play in to it all, thematically. I can't understand why there's so many people hating on here, but I guess that's with just about all new album releases anymore. All the trolls have to be the first to say it sucks.
I didn't mean to take it to extremes for all who dislike something, but you have to admit that there is a stark difference between critiquing something against your own personal tastes versus telling people they're stupid for liking something new. Unfortunately, I see a lot more of the former than the latter, lately.
You're sadly very right. You can always count on vocal opinions from the trolls, the cynical, and those who can't handle change and won't give it a chance. I don't believe at all that all albums released these days are bad; it's just our attitudes that suck.
Better than Port of Morrow, for sure. I'm not going to call it a return to form as I don't think that's really possible, but Port of Morrow sucked and this is at least more fun and doesn't sound overproduced.
Was gonna make a bet on whether Shins fans will shit on this one like they did Port of Morrow (while simultaneously Heartworms getting a Pitchfork BNM) but from those last two replies I guess this will happen again. It's too early for me to decide what I fully think of it, but I'm enjoying it a hell of a lot so far.
I agree, Port of Morrow was much more enjoyable. if i recall correctly, it's just the James Mercer show (or been that way for a while anyway). Might be time to retire the Shins moniker. This would make sense if it was billed as a solo project.
The Shins has always been James Mercer’s project. It started as a side project and members have come and gone over the band’s lifetime. He just uses musos now, and their is nothing wrong with that. Look how Robert Smith has directed The Cure.
@MandeyRawicz Judging by that first sentence, you either wrote that god awful review in The Skinny, or you followed that god awful review too closely. Either way, I can't take that as a serious criticism.
I can't understand how anyone can make a decision on a new Shins album so fast. I remember being disappointed with Wincing for being 'overproduced' and then the same with Port of Morrow for being a bit more 'grounded'. Within a week I LOVED both.
Me neither. On any album, in fact. I actually had a debate with someone not long ago who actually argued AGAINST giving things time to grow because there's "too much new music nowadays". It's ridiculous. Heartworms is growing on me more and more.