The Shins - Port Of Morrow (4 stars)

The Shins - Port Of Morrow

Timely reminder of value of solid indie rock built on smart storytelling and melodies

(Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records)

Oh, James Mercer, we’ve missed you. Port Of Morrow is The Shins’ first new material in four years and in a world where the young’uns are dabbling in skew-whiff electronica and art funk ‘jams’ with varying results, this glorious record is a timely reminder of how to craft good old, solid indie rock built on smart storytelling and melodies that head straight for the heart.

Highly unfashionable, yes, and not a huge departure for the band admittedly, but why deviate from a formula that produces music as swoonsome as opener ‘The Rifle’s Spiral’, buzzing riff-tinged ode to existential angst ‘It’s Only Life’, the skittering and sweet ‘Bait And Switch’ and ‘No Way Down’ and thundering drums-led epic ‘Simple Song’? These are love-on-first-listen songs that have made us fall for The Shins all over again.

The Shins - Simple Song (audio)

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1. Charlotte Kim22 Feb 2012, 9:01pm Report

"Simple Song" is amazing! The music video is so entertaining, I could watch it over and over. Plus itunes is giving away the video for free.

2. kalie23 Feb 2012, 2:01am Report

Huge fan of the Shins...I can't wait for Port of Morrow's release. The music video for Simple Song is free on iTunes, everyone should check it out!

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