Wincing The Night Away

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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. Wincing the Night Away makes both [previous] albums sound like fragmented potential.
  2. Under The Radar
    90
    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. Spin
    70
    Wincing is a purposefully low-impact affair. [Jan 2007, p.87]
  6. WIncing The Night Away as a whole is both inconsistent and even odd in sequencing.
  7. There's something about this album that militates against devotion: a coolness that dampens the indie-pop energy and threatens to leave listeners entirely unmoved.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 101
  2. Negative: 8 out of 101
  1. Oct 11, 2015
    10
    It is so rare to encounter a flawless pop-rock album- too often, they're frontloaded with the catchiest tunes and let the second half beIt is so rare to encounter a flawless pop-rock album- too often, they're frontloaded with the catchiest tunes and let the second half be filler. But every track on this album serves its purpose- even the 50-second "Pam Berry" is used perfectly to build up tension before the opening bassline of the stunningly beautiful and romantic "Phantom Limb." "Limb," along with "Australia" and "Turn on Me," are three of the best songs of the decade and easily amon the finest the Shins ever recorded. This album is truly flawless. I wouldn't change a thing. Expand
  2. CoreyJ
    Jan 23, 2007
    10
    This is The Shins' best album to date. The sounds are deep and mature, and it provides more and more on each listen. The tracks are This is The Shins' best album to date. The sounds are deep and mature, and it provides more and more on each listen. The tracks are hauntingly beautiful, especially "Sea Legs," "Spilt Needles," and "A Comet Appears." Their trademark wincing whimsy is here with "Australia," "Phantom Limb," and the astonishingly amazing "Turn on Me," which could prove to be this album's best song. Let's hope Mercer and company continue in the direction they're headed; it's a beautiful one indeed. Expand
  3. EdwinT
    Jan 31, 2007
    10
    One of the best albums Ive heard in a long time. Ive always loved music by the shins and this is probably their best album
  4. MattA
    Jan 25, 2007
    8
    I thought it was a great CD with plenty of excellent songs. My biggest compaint is that it was a bit short, and i feel that they could have I thought it was a great CD with plenty of excellent songs. My biggest compaint is that it was a bit short, and i feel that they could have taken more time to write a couple more worthwhile tracks to put on the CD... that's all. Expand
  5. john
    Jul 28, 2007
    8
    Sounds like the past 2 records with a higher budget and the edges smoothed out.
  6. matta
    Jan 29, 2007
    7
    This is The Shins best album to date (just barely better than Oh, Inverted World), but they are still one of the most overrated indie bands This is The Shins best album to date (just barely better than Oh, Inverted World), but they are still one of the most overrated indie bands out there (Zach Braff and Garden State aside). Rogue Wave is much better. Expand
  7. KurtCobain
    Jan 22, 2007
    0
    The Shins give pop music a bad name. Go by Deerhoof's new album intead of this easy listening garbage.

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