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Wincing The Night Away

PLU: 98787070521
Format - CD
Genre - Pop & Rock
Release Date - 22/01/07

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To play music for a long time, you have to surprise the people that love you-while also surprising yourself. Recorded in singer/guitarist James Mercer's basement studio, Phil Ek's Seattle digs, and in Oregon City with veteran engineer Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, U2), Wincing the Night Away is The Shins' third full-length album. It's also the sound of a band growing up and out. Mercer's infectious, indelible melodic style is still at the core, and unfaltering. But anything can happen around it-and in this case, it does. While the vocals channel the spirit of Morrissey, "Sea Legs" pairs a loping hip-hop beat with lush melody and searing guitars. Elsewhere the band toys with tweaked-out, liquid piano steeped in kaleidoscopic strings ("Red Rabbit"); fractured synth samples ("Spilt Needles"); gauzy, arpeggiated keyboards cloaking thunderous anthems ("Sleeping Lessons"); and, taking cues from early Jesus and Mary Chain albums, sweeping, fuzz-toned epics ("Phantom Limb"). Finally, "Turn on Me," "Girl Sailor" and "Australia" are the lilting, thrilling, rollicking, rock-solid pop songs we've all come to covet from The Shins. Consider yourself surprised.
Primary Format - MusicCD
LabelSub Pop
Music GenreRock
Music Genre PrimaryPop & Rock

Disc 1

  • 1. Sleeping Lessons
  • 2. Australia
  • 3. Pam Berry
  • 4. Phantom Limb
  • 5. Sea Legs
  • 6. Red Rabbits
  • 7. Turn On Me
  • 8. Black Wave
  • 9. Split Needles
  • 10. Girl Sailor
  • 11. A Comet Appears
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