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  • Summary: The increasingly-popular indie-pop outfit led by James Mercer returns with a third album.
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. It's much less forthright and immediate than Inverted or Chutes, but it succeeds in spinning a web that draws you in; once caught you just want to lie back and absorb its gentle bounce.
  2. A layered and beautiful work that solidifies The Shins as The Band That Matters. [#16, p.94]
  3. Mainly, the new disc is just more tentative than Chutes Too Narrow, with a lot of songs—like the first single, "Phantom Limb"—sounding like foggier, heavier versions of what The Shins have done before.
  4. Wincing the Night Away suffers from a fair deal of uncharacteristic filler.
  5. 70
    All that carefulness turns out to be bloodless. [Mar 2007, p.139]
  6. Wincing is neither the clever genre recombinant exercise of their second album nor is it the perfect little self-contained universe of their debut. This is not the Shins' best album; it's their growing pains third record.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 100
  2. Negative: 8 out of 100
  1. anonymous
    Dec 29, 2007
    the shins are at their best, in my mind, when experimenting with many different genres in 1 album. in wincing the night away, the shins have a song for every mood, and the music flows almost as well as one their first 2 albums. The shins are a playful indie rock group, and analyzing the singles only kills it. To enjoy this album, you have to just listen and let yourself be swept away. Expand
  2. JoeE.
    Jan 22, 2007
    Every time I tell myself I'm just going to listen to one song on this album, I break that promise and find myself having to listen to the whole thing. So it's not the hit after hit after hit that Chutes was. It's worlds calmer, but at the same time, it is just damn good songwriting, and in my opinion every bit as good, if not better overall, than their past two offerings. Expand
  3. DuncanS
    Jan 31, 2007
    Love it!!
  4. DavidA
    Jan 24, 2007
    The lyrics/songwriting are great, I think it takes the best of Oh! Inverted world and Chutes too narrow.
  5. KennyM
    Apr 13, 2007
    A good album but not as exciting as their older work...and I am beginning to fear that The Shins, like Modest Mouse before them, are on the road to becoming just consistently okay. Expand
  6. s.s.
    Jan 25, 2007
    Some songs like 'turn on Me' and 'Phantom Limb' are among their best while others are a sign of new influences of production and sound. A mixed bag album that we're not used to with The Shins, leaving the hope that the next one will be right on target with their newfound blips and cymbals. Expand
  7. KurtCobain
    Jan 22, 2007
    The Shins give pop music a bad name. Go by Deerhoof's new album intead of this easy listening garbage.

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