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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. Mar 24, 2011
    Wincing The Night Away may be the least of The Shins album, but nevertheless a great album. The opener "Sleeping Lessons" is the most guitar driven track The Shins have ever put out. The rest of the tracks are pop melodies that have different elements added to them. James Mercer's vocals is still wonderful this time round. All In All, Wincing The Night Away is the slowest Shins record yet, but it's still soft melodies that, just like every other Shins album, will stay in your head. B+ Expand
  2. Nov 3, 2010
    Not as good as their past albums, aside from 3 or 4 songs this album is kind of a let down. At least the songs that I like are really, really good and I can listen to them over and over. Expand
  3. j30
    Jan 24, 2012
    This an interesting release from The Shins, especially after Chutes Too Narrow, the feels like it has too much of a mainstream appeal. I guess my biggest problem with it all is they play it too safe. Expand

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