My favourite album by any group or artist at the moment. It has already joined the list of my favourite albums ever. Subtle and clever but not high-brow and condescending. A real and accessible true work of art.
What the fuck mrshmibs *The largest fucking psyduck here* This is literally the best thing I've heard in a long, long while. Are you sure you've got the right album? I haven't heard anything but the first track as of writing this, but I'm quivering in sexual anticipation.
Solid effort by a band that hasn't been around in 5 years. Reminiscent of what I call the 2nd golden age of indie...after the garage rock revival and before the electronic indie era. No, this album doesn't cover a multitude of genres, but the songs are just plain excellent. From the folky ballad "September" to the somber closer track "Port of Morrow". That being said, James Mercer's excellent song-writing truly shines here. As he's grown older he's decided to write a handful of slower tracks, ditching the youthful pop present on early Shins's album, with a sound that could practically fill arenas of hipsters due to the masterful production. Lead single "Single Song" put its perfectly, "well this is just a simple song". Indeed, this is a simple album as well.
I can see why some would dislike this album, but even on the first listen it hit a real sweet spot for me. Fell in love automatically. That's new for a Shins album; they typically have to grow on me. Maybe that's not a good sign? Can't say for sure.