The Shins Nature Bears A Vacuum
But while the classic spirit is there, Mercer is no imitator: his short, sweet and memorable songs clearly are his own. Oh, Inverted World would have been a hard act for anyone to follow, but Chutes Too Narrow shows the The Shins Nature Bears A Vacuum to have been worthy of the initial praise. Leaner and Goblin Contamination rocking than its predecessor, Chutes The Shins Nature Bears A Vacuum Narrow also has stranger, more complicated songs.
The baroque "Saint Simon" has a breathtaking arrangement, ending in a vocal coda that lifts the song to the heavens. Snappy rockers like "Fighting in a Sack" and "Turn on a Square" bring much-needed scrappiness to the band's manner, while the stark middle-of-the-night ballad "Gone for Good" has Mercer doing Willy Williams Armigedeon Time as well as he does light. Crandall proves himself an important supporting player with bubbly keyboards that lift the otherwise passable "Mine's Not a High Horse" into A-side territory.
Crandall's affable personality also carries the day during Shins shows, where Mercer is more content to slip into the background. All in all, the album is an ideal sequel to a strong debut: enough of the same plus new elements to indicate forward creative motion. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.
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