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Chutes Too Narrow
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|4. Young Pilgrims|
|5. Saint Simon|
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|7. Pink Bullets|
|8. Turn a Square|
|9. Gone For Good|
|10. Those to Come|
This is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut full-length, "Oh, Inverted World". With ten songs, clocking in at just over 30 minutes, the new record is a brief yet entirely scintillating glimpse at chiming, reflective, and perfectly skewed pop innovation. It's exactly what Shins fans are looking for and more.
The Shins' sophomore album is a joy from start to finish, though it's rather different from their 2001 leftfield pop genius stunner Oh, Inverted World. That album was like a warm embrace from a long-lost pal. True to its title, all of the songs were of a piece, seeming to inhabit one landscape, with an invitingly similar sound throughout. Chutes is more far-reaching and decidedly eclectic. Each song is essentially its own genre exercise. There's singer-songwriter James Mercer's surprisingly Perry Farrell-ish wail on the almost indie-metal opener, "Kissing the Lipless"; the lovely pedal steel lilt to "Gone for Good"; the moody folktronica of "Those to Come"; and the Cars-gone-rockabilly riffing on "Turn a Square." The strongest song, the acoustic "Young Pilgrims," is stripped-down and brilliant. On every tune, Mercer packs more hooks and melodic invention than most bands do on one album. As a whole, it's an even better record than Inverted World. --Mike McGonigal
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If I had to choose a genre in which to place this album, I'd have to think about it for a long time and then throw up my hands and say "the really good music genre." Each song seems to have some kind of formula -- there's always an acoustic guitar, and almost always some drums, and every once in a while a new instrument will make a cameo. Other than that, every song is easily discernable from the others on the album, somewhat of a rarity in my experience.
The real treat here is James Mercer's lyricism, which does a brilliant job of not only providing each song with its own mood and story, but also serving the song as an instrument in itself -- the sounds of the words he sings are just important to the song as the pitch of Mercer's voice.
All in all, Chutes Too Narrow is an excellent cd that exceeds all expectations -- it did for me, anyway.
Sure these type of songs have been done before, but the way that they're done make the best set of tracks I've heard in a while, and it still sounds fresh even if it sounds familiar. It is a very fun album to listen to, especially after the second or third time. Like I said there is not a single bad track on the album. I would give it 4-1/2 stars though for being so short (which disappointed me the first time). What is better though, short and sweet or long and boring?
I won't name any bands but I have bought a series of bad CDs in 2004 from major artists and then this one from a previously unknown band (at least to me) finally broke the string. It's refreshing, to say the least, and has renewed my faith in modern music. Maybe that's saying too much but I honestly think it deserves it and is not overhyped.
Who should avoid buying this album? People who don't like independent bands that explore different genres, don't like catchy tunes, or people who simply hate the SUB-POP label and everything it stands for.
The album starts off quickly with brief handclaps and distorted voices shouting, "Woo!" before Mercer's acoustic guitar comes in. The melody starts on an unexpected note, but as you listen you get accustomed to its pattern. Then, the chorus (possibly the strongest chorus on the album) kicks in with a soaring note for Mercer. "You...TOLD us of your new life there!" He sings above the music. As the song ends, you realize that the song you have just heard is easily the best single of 2003, hands down.
"Mine's Not a High Horse" starts with guitar and a rumbling floor tom roll. The song has great lyrics and intersting key work, a descending faux-string part.
"So Says I" has the production work of a great, lost 1960's rock song. The guitar tone is perfect, and James Mercer is the only person who can nearly-shout notes and make them still sound beautiful.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
If you're going to own one of their albums, this is the one to own. I am happy to have added it to my collection.Published on July 1 2013 by nes
Pop? Yes. Very much so, very accomplished and well rounded. But original? Not a chance. Belle and Sebastion anyone? Among others, whom the Shins wear on their sleeves.Published on July 1 2006 by Holla b'ogn
I can't even describe how great this album is. You just have to buy it, put it in your CD player, and be blown away - just like I was.Published on July 18 2004
This album is definitely a great follow-up to "Oh, Inverted World." The songs show versatility and emotion, which really grabs me. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Janice M Phillips
this fecund band has released a cool album, it rocks my socks.Published on July 16 2004 by Isaac Olson
Ok. I just wrote a review for the new Polyphonic Spree cd. go check it out. But anyways its The Shins I should be talking about, so here we go. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by PolyphonicMusicGuy
I loved the first album... it was so raw, so rewarding... it had a fight to it--you could hear it in the singer's voice. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by Walter C. Bornemeier
randomly browsing around for music, i stumbled upon a little group called the shins. after reading outstanding reviews about their new album i decided to go out and buy it. Read morePublished on July 9 2004
I don't know what drew me to buy this cd. I bought it before Oh, Inverted World, and I bought it before I even heard one song on the CD. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Erica