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New Shins Record Greets Gold With a Left Turn

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On their first two albums, the Shins practiced a lyrical obtuseness at odds with their immediately catchy songs. Head Shin James Mercer's long and winding lines traded in constantly shifting oddball imagery, but there was always the sense that he was talking about something specific -- an impression reinforced by the band's short, punchy indie-pop songs, whose melodies and structures were as targeted as their words seemed aimless.

Read the rest of Stephen Deusner's review from this week's Flyer.

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