Saturday, December 29, 2007

America's Best Band?

Music Countdown 2007 - My Favorite Albums continues...

#3 - The Shins - "Wincing The Night Away"

Sound: Intimate, wise, baroque, extremely melodious and well-sung – America’s best group?

What’s So Special: Every song is envigorating and unforgettable. Three perfect albums to date without a single clunker or mis-step.

Favorite Lyrics: 1) "I still owe you for the hole in the floor / and the ghost in the hall.. / Who decides who paddles over the falls, yeah, who makes the call? ; " 2) "Faced with the dodo's conundrum / I felt like I could just fly / But nothing happened every time I tried."

Fun Facts: 1) You may have heard their music despite a deplorable lack of radio play – these critical darlings are staples of hip TV soundtracks and Starbucks playlists; 2) Zach Braff, in his film debut ‘Garden State,’ pushes the Shins in a major way – Natalie Portman tells Braff’s character to listen to their album as it will ‘change his life’; 3) Their album covers are pretty;

And here's the music:

The best school play ever? Here’s the cute Shins video of the album’s best-known track, ‘Phantom Limb’:

They’re really, really, really good live:

Where Cartoonists Get Their Inspiration:

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