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Wednesday
Dec142011

Shins Announce 'Port of Morrow' for March 2012, Release Album Art.... Meh

REVIEWING THE MUSIC-RELEASE NEWS: The Shins are back. Meh.

By Kenny Herzog

Shins frontman James Mercer's a bit like the indie rock Adam Levine. Assuming by indie rock, we mean bands that actually perform as well commercially as Maroon 5 (and more power to them). He's reasonably attractive, makes music that ladies (and sensitive men) can swoon and has fancied himself something of an adventurous multi-talent in the wake of his primary group's success.

Thing is, that whole Broken Bells project with Danger Mouse didn't leave much of an impression. On anyone. So, back to one's roots we go. After a half-decade layoff since their nearly Billboard-topping Wincing the Night Away, the Shins will release the daftly titled Port of Morrow in March 2012. Meh.

Oh, and the guys have split with longtime label Sub Pop, and will be releasing Morrow jointly via Columbia and Mecer's own imprint (whatever that means), the ridiculously dubbed Aural Apothecary. Double meh. 

Here's a tracklist, and above is the twinly album art. No word on whether future Apothecary releases will come with sea salts and facial tone.

 

Meh-seeming Port of Morrow tracklist:

1. The Rifle's Spiral

2. Simple Song

3. It's Only Life

4. No Way Down

5. September

6. Bait and Switch

7. Fall of '82

8. For A Fool

9. 40 Mark Strasse

10. Port of Morrow

 

IN OTHER WORDS: Meh.

THE SHINS ARE FINE RATING: 5/10

WHEN'S THE NEW SLAYER ALBUM OUT AGAIN?: 666/10

MEH RATING: Meh/10

 

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