A review of this — 4 years ago
I really wanted to like this album, but The Shins don’t do it for me. I really dug two tracks in particular: “New Slang” and “The Celibate Life.” For the most part, I found The Shins to be a bit low key for my taste. They do light indie rock with some interesting modal changes throughout their songs. The vocals and the guitars remind me very much of something from the 60s. The Mamas and the Papas maybe. It’s totally acid music for the 00s. I won’t dent that this could be a sleeper hit for me. With a few listens, it might grow on me. Or not.