Oh Inverted World
1 x LP
(Orginally released in 2001)2004 vinyl LP+download EU edition, the debut studio album. From the ashes of Flake, then Flakemusic, The Shins took shape in 1997 -- same members, different instruments, different approach, all culled from nearly a decade ...
Release date: 15-04-2004 (Orginally released in 2001)
2004 vinyl LP+download EU edition, the debut studio album. From the ashes of Flake, then Flakemusic, The Shins took shape in 1997 -- same members, different instruments, different approach, all culled from nearly a decade of playing together. Counterpoint guitars gave way to a single guitar pitted against calculated keyboard passages, swarming indie rock machinations to pop-base melodic endeavors. The resulting sound germinates in a post-punk aesthetic with nods to a traditional pop ethos.Placed at number 35 on the Pazz & Jop critics' poll for best album of 2001. Includes lyric sheet. The album contains the songs "Caring Is Creepy" and "New Slang," both of which appeared in the 2004 film Garden State
A1 Caring Is Creepy
A2 One By One All Day
A3 Weird Divide
A4 Know Your Onion!
A5 Girl Inform Me
B1 New Slang
B2 The Celibate Life
B3 Girl On The Wing
B4 Your Algebra
B5 Pressed In A Book
B6 The Past And Pending
Drums – Jesse Sandoval
Keyboards [Keys] – Marty Crandall
Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica – James Mercer
Written-By – James Mercer
The Shins have managed to combine the best in pop sounds with everything from acoustic ballads, psychedelic sounds and pure rockers. While they maintain strong melodies and pop influence, there is still a hint of experimental sounds throughout this album-whether it's from odd keyboard approaches or wacky lyrics, the Shins have created an album that cannot be compared to anything but the Shins.
For a debut release, it's nice to see a band being a band and not following current trends. This could very easily be one of the finest new bands I have discovered. No song runs over four minutes and not one track on this albums needs skipping past-they all work on all sorts of levels.
The album's opening song, "Caring is Spooky" has such a great feeling to it. "Know Your Onion" is a great teenage rebel type song-talking about a "pimple and angry" kind of guy. The album's single "New Slang" is possibly one of the best acoustic songs I've ever heard-even though there is a great but simple electric guitar section too. And we cannot forget "Girl On The Wing"-easily the best song on the album. It rocks, has an interesting type of time signature, and a great, corky keyboard background.
This is simply a great Indie Rock/Pop album from a band that will be making wavs. It will be interesting to see where they go next. Give it a try. Amazon comments
Something extraordinary is afoot in Albuquerque The Shins first bigtime record Oh Inverted World combines mysterious narratives with golden song structures resulting in lavish and opulent indie pop Touches of Neutral Milk Hotels lyrical majesty and the nostalgic swirl of Echo and the Bunnymen abound But the Shins musicrich with acoustic guitars flickering rhythms and Casiotone keyboardsis distinct and peculiar Worry mixes with abstraction throughout and while James Mercer sings You led no celibate life / No skirt while chemicals danced on your head / You stole the keys to this ride / And your fables are falling tonight you may wonder if hes been routing through your fondest most troubling memories This vital album is easily among 2001s most distinguished recordings and one of the best Sub Pop releases to date
Label: sub pop
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