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on my boombox: the shins, ports of morrow

21 Mar

If my posts are brief this week, please forgive me. But really, who needs my flowery prose; you come here for music, right?

As such, let’s jump right in. Over the past few days, new music from old favorites has been occupying my earbuds lately. And not just any old favorites, but serious heavy hitters: most notably, the Shins.

After releasing the first new single “Simple Song” with well-deserved fanfare, yesterday the Shins finally, finally dropped their first album in five long years, Ports of Morrow. The group had a tough act to follow from 2007’s Wincing the Night Away, but they are back with a vengeance on Ports.  The album presents a triumphant return to the style that the Shins do better than anybody: playful and jingly and full of bells and whistles, but without sounding overproduced.

More importantly, though, the album shows James Mercer at his songwriting best. In quintessential Shins style, the words may not mean much at first (hell, at times you can’t even discern them properly), but if you dig in deep, you find gold. Like most great writers, Mercer doesn’t let any word go to waste, and the intricacies, inventiveness, and wordplay he packs into each song is impressive.

Grab this now, spend some time with it, let it soak in, and welcome the Shins back into your life.

The Shins, “Simple Song”