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  • Summary: Phil Ek produced this sophomore effort for the Albuquerque-based group led by James Mercer (also of Flake), who wowed critics in 2001 with their 1960s-flavored debut 'Oh, Inverted World.'
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 100
    It sears through the essence of what makes this band special, the brave voice and ebullient delivery of singer-songwriter-guitarist James Mercer. [Apr 2004, p.98]
  2. On every tune, Mercer packs more hooks and melodic invention than most bands do on one album. As a whole, it's an even better record than Inverted World.
  3. 90
    A better record than the Shins' first--a sonically bolder production with fewer effects and more hooks per square inch than a flyrod factory. [#61, p.109]
  4. Without the thrill of discovery, it's no shock that the returns have diminished slightly on Chutes Too Narrow. But a minor step down from greatness still sounds damn good.
  5. If you can’t find something here that has you smiling and quoting the old saw about rumours of indie’s death being greatly exaggerated, it’s time to take up opera.
  6. Recalls the overwhelming splendour of the Go-Betweens at their finest.
  7. Seems to be the culmination and synthesis of a solid musical progression from good, yet uncertain and unchallenging, pop music to better, more confident, but still unchallenging, pop music.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 110
  1. Nov 3, 2010
    I know like me a lot of people got into this band after watching Garden State. I did and I am not ashamed of that! I love this band even today where their sound might not have aged well. I remember this album very fondly because the music was perfect for me for the time and what I was going through in life. Expand
  2. JonS
    Jun 18, 2005
  3. js
    Dec 31, 2003
    How super. Enjoyable from the very first listen.
  4. JaneW
    Dec 6, 2005
  5. AlexandreS
    Jan 7, 2005
    I heard "new slang" in "garden state" and decided to test the album.i virtually fell in love with each track, and i usually dont fall for music...but oh my god is this great! Expand
  6. Sep 6, 2014
    This is more for people who didn't learn about the shins in "The Garden State" (not that there's anything wrong about that). Although not as good as Oh, Inverted World, still an amazing album. Simply a pleasure to listen to. Expand
  7. tyler
    Apr 28, 2005
    It sucks.

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