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Wincing The Night Away [Import]

Shins Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Indie-rock's hardest-working slackers finally release their third album, on which they've made the clear transition from bedroom-pop to stadium-rock without losing everything that makes them great. Those soaring vocals that sound like the unholiest collision of the Cure and Simon and Garfunkel, the nimble pop hooks that are never overused, those lyrics that are as self-deprecating and razor sharp as they are playful--dude, it's all still here. Relax, you can still swoon. Musically, there are some new elements, from the ragged surf-rock that propels "Pam Berry" to the near hip-hop beats of "Sea Legs" and percolating electronica on "Sleeping Lessons" (which two thirds of the way through shows Band of Horses how to write a song). Wincing is neither the clever genre recombinant exercise of their second album nor is it the perfect little self-contained universe of their debut. This is not the Shins' best album; it's their growing pains third record. James Mercer has learned how to shout his words so the folks in the back row can hear; a slightly harder edge and more confidence is on display. But it doesn't gel fully. Mercer remains one of the most talented songwriters working in pop today, and what this album proves is that the group deserves to move beyond the little Zach-Braff-movie-watching, This-American-Life-listening, Frappuccino-sipping demo-ghetto they've found themselves in. Wincing confidently bristles with stupendous and smart rock music that deserves to be enjoyed by your kid brother and your folks as much as your dorm-mates. --Mike McGonigal

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Shins ~ Wincing The Night Away

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Essential for the Collection March 7 2007
Format:Audio CD
The Shins have an art of blending what is considered "pop" and what is considered "indie" seamlessly and without much discrepency between the two genres. They have managed to make production into something that almost draws attention to itself in its complexity and texturization of various sounds and vocals, in a way that few bands can, as oppose to the musical equivelant of "continuity editing" that is often seen on most albums.

There are few fall-backs to the latest Shins release. Among the best tracks are the ever-quirky, catchy and intricate "Sea Legs", perhaps one of the greatest songs these Sub Pop superstars have ever recorded, and the jangly, fun "Phantom Limb".

The beauty of The Shins is in their ability to utilize production to its fullest, Mercer's unique wavering voice and their strange, unexpected cadence and phrasing. All of these elements make for near-perfect listening on "Wincing the Night Away". If this album is your first foray into the Shins' exciting and kooky sound, be sure to pick up the previous releases, which are just as enjoyable as this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Won't cause wincing Feb. 22 2007
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The Shins were described in "Garden State" as a band that will change your life. Tall order, but it got people listening to this brilliant indiepop band's first two albums, and radically raised expectations for their third.

And "Wincing The Night Away" won't disappoint their fans, as they're just moving the same pop aesthetic forward. The Shins' third album sounds confident and polished, with its bizarrely appealing lyrics and a wintry pop sound.

It opens with running footsteps and a shimmering string of synth notes. "Go without 'til the need seeps in/you low animal, collect your novel petals for the stem/And glow, glow, melt and flow/eviscerate your fragile frame," James Mercer croons, sounding like a pensive ghost. Then the melody grows stronger and more intense, until it erupts into a rousing guitarpop tune.

Things get a bit cheerier with the rousing, upbeat sound of "Australia" ("So give me your hand,/And let's jump out the window!") and the fuzzy, ominous sound of a one-minute interlude. After that, the band happily bounces out onto catchy sinuous indiepop, gauzy little melodies, rousing guitar pop, ghostly folky songs, and the surprisingly soft finale "A Comet Appears."

But the highlight has to be the main single, "Phantom Limb," a glorious fuzz-guitar pop tune with surreal lyrics: "So, when they tap our mundane heads/To zombie-walk in our stead/This town seems hardly worth our time/And we'll no longer memorize or rhyme..."

The Shins may have come out with the first really brilliant album of the year, by not changing all the good things about their music. Instead, these guys just tighten up what they already had -- brilliant pop music, complex instrumentation, and really bizarre lyrics.
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I like this CD, it's full of good pop songs. If you don't like Phantom Limb you don't like pop music, in my humble opine. I just discovered this talented band and was amazed to find out they were American, they sound so British, like Muse but a cleaner sound. I'm glad I bought Wincing first, I've heard Oh Inverted since and am not very impressed. I have Schutes Too Narrow to look forward to, can't wait. I find them refreshing with a young energetic sound and look forward to their 4th CD sometime soon I hope.
Marty A.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but start with chutes too narrow. April 1 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have to agree with the first review. Although I was expecting this album to be my favorite of the year I have to say I was kinda disappointed. They are some pretty strong songs on the album like "sea legs", "Australia" and "turn on me" but all around I preferred chutes too narrow. Some tracks take too long to start and seem to go nowhere and you seem poised to skip the track.

I have to say some people like myself loved the shins before Garden State came out and it kind of makes me feel bad that, even thought I'm sure the boys loved the attention it gave them, I can't help but think they are tired of being the "garden state band".

I like the fact that they went into a different direction with this album cause it gave us songs like phantom limb and sea legs but I feel that there are too many weak songs on the album. I did enjoy it though, if your a shins fan, buy the album cause a few of these songs are worth [...]$ alone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its Not Bad March 11 2007
Format:Audio CD
nor is it amazing.

actually its totally average.

Wincing the Night Away is a notable attempt at an indie rock album, but its no classic, not even close.

the instrument playing is good, and the vocals hit the right notes but the melodies and arrangements are really predictable.

dont get me wrong, it sounds 'good', and it would probably get a few repeated listens in your CD player, but its forgetful.
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