by The Shins
- Record Label: Sub Pop
- Release Date: Jan 23, 2007
- Summary: The increasingly-popular indie-pop outfit led by James Mercer returns with a third album.
- Record Label: Sub Pop
- Genre(s): Indie, Rock
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Positive: 31 out of 37
Mixed: 6 out of 37
Negative: 0 out of 37
Wincing the Night Away makes both [previous] albums sound like fragmented potential.
Under The RadarA layered and beautiful work that solidifies The Shins as The Band That Matters. [#16, p.94]
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.
Wincing the Night Away suffers from a fair deal of uncharacteristic filler.
SpinWincing is a purposefully low-impact affair. [Jan 2007, p.87]
WIncing The Night Away as a whole is both inconsistent and even odd in sequencing.
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.
Positive: 85 out of 103
Mixed: 10 out of 103
Negative: 8 out of 103
Oct 11, 2015It 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
CoreyJJan 23, 2007This 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
EdwinTJan 31, 2007One of the best albums Ive heard in a long time. Ive always loved music by the shins and this is probably their best album
micheleRJan 28, 2007Oh! Inverted World is still better than the last two.
Mar 24, 2011Wincing The Night Away may be the least of The Shins album, but nevertheless a great album. The opener "Sleeping Lessons" is the most guitarWincing 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
AndyFeb 1, 2007Chutes Too Narrow was one of the best, I knew it'd be hard to match up to that record. It seems like they try to but it all doesn't Chutes Too Narrow was one of the best, I knew it'd be hard to match up to that record. It seems like they try to but it all doesn't competely add up. It seem slike there are more songs that are filler than their past two albums combined. The "real" songs are fantastic but there should be more of them.… Expand
KurtCobainJan 22, 2007The Shins give pop music a bad name. Go by Deerhoof's new album intead of this easy listening garbage.
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