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Sacking your entire band. Good idea or not? In most cases not, as great bands seem to be more than the sum of their parts. The Shins James Mercer has gone from being so much part of a band that when I saw them on an early tour he stood off to one side on stage  overshadowed by the keyboard player who seemed more than happy to take centre stage. Now he IS The Shins having one by one disp ...

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Port Of Morrow by The Shins
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 16 March 2012

Sacking your entire band. Good idea or not? In most cases not, as great bands seem to be more than the sum of their parts. The Shins James Mercer has gone from being so much part of a band that when I saw them on an early tour he stood off to one side on stage  overshadowed by the keyboard player who seemed more than happy to take centre stage. Now he IS The Shins having one by one dispensed with the services of the band who made the rickety pop fun of their first two superb albums before 'Wincing the Night Alway's' occasionally clunky move to a more mainstream sound. Those who were hoping The Shins may be a kind of XTC banging away album after album of ever changing 'classic' pop generally with the same people involved may be disappointed by this as it leaps head first into a glossy, confident production style an on occasions that dreaded word 'mature' springs to mind.  There are no such worries on the opening brace of tracks though, both of which have the melodic intensity The Shins are known for, 'Its Only Life' particularly has a fantastic swirling melody you'll be humming for days. As the record moves on though it matches OK-ish ballads with slightly unmemorable pop/rockers and after a while the hi-gloss production is wearing. Its reminiscent of those later Elliott Smith albums which although technically impressive seemed to drown the delicate melodies. The Shins of course are sterner and grittier than Smith but still, I think I prefer the charm of a sound made by a real life breathing, slightly faulty band than session musicians and mainstream producers.




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