So, remember how excited I was about Broken Bells? Brian Burton and the awesomeness that is James Mercer’s voice?
Well, I decided to give The Shins a try. I only knew “New Slang” and a handful of other songs they’d done, no full albums. I bought Oh, Inverted World, but it proved to be a disappointment. The only song I enjoyed was “New Slang”, and even that started to sound a little too depressing.
Then I gave their new album a try. Port of Morrow is awesome. I’m absolutely loving every single song on this album. I’m hooked, addicted. Can’t get enough of it. When was the last time I had this reaction to an album? Oh, that’s right, Broken Bells! Good old James Mercer, he has yet to disappoint on his newer material. The best part is, I still have Meyrin Fields to discover before I run out of newer James Mercer material. Life can be good.
Some of my favorite songs from Port of Morrow are below. The snob in me winces at the pop-ness of that last song, “It’s only life”, but then I remind myself I’m listening to The Shins and the fact that they’re considered an indie rock band, and that they’re from the great indie city of Portland, puts me a little at ease. 🙂
Now, all that’s left to do is to find someone to go to their concert with. This is getting pretty ridiculous, this is the 2nd time in less than 3 months I’ve had trouble finding a concert buddy. What’s up with all my friends not having the same awesome taste in music as me?! I’m determined to not miss this one. House of Blues, here I come!