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!