A great vinyl – OH, INVERTED WORLD [Vinyl]

By , October 22, 2010 1:20 pm


Hailing from Albuquerque, NM, The Shins sprung from the ashes of Flake/Flakemusic in 1997 (though those previous incarnations date back nearly a decade) – same members, different instruments, different approach. Counterpoint guitars have given way to a single guitar pitted against calculated keyboard passages; swarming indie rock machinations led to pop-based melodic endeavors.Something extraordinary is afoot in Albuquerque. The Shins’ first big-time record, Oh, Inverted World, combines my

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5 Responses to “A great vinyl – OH, INVERTED WORLD [Vinyl]”

  1. My Uncle Stu says:

    Another record, reviewed by My Uncle Stu – OH, INVERTED WORLD [Vinyl]
    This is not music that can be analyzed intellectually. Or, perhaps I should say it is not music that can be analyzed intellectually by someone with my intellectual limitations. But some great albums owe their greatness to their lyrics, some to the musicianship on display. This album is a great album because of its feel. The vibe. This album has a certain feel to it that is consistent from the first note to the last. And it’s an irresistible one. The best analogy would be watching the Teletubbies on four quaaludes, outside in a Jacuzzi on a crisp mid-autumn day amidst the blossoming juniper trees while sipping a strawberry/banana Tanqueray smoothie. I hope that captures it. I hear their next album is more eclectic but not as satisfying, I don’t know, I haven’t heard it yet. Uncle Stu loves you. Buy this album! Peace.

  2. C. Boros says:

    Another record, reviewed by C. Boros – OH, INVERTED WORLD [Vinyl]
    The Shins have managed to combine the best in pop sounds with everything from acoustic ballads, psychedelic sounds and pure rockers. While they maintain strong melodies and pop influence, there is still a hint of experimental sounds throughout this album-whether it’s from odd keyboard approaches or wacky lyrics, the Shins have created an album that cannot be compared to anything but the Shins. For a debut release, it’s nice to see a band being a band and not following current trends. This could very easily be one of the finest new bands I have discovered. No song runs over four minutes and not one track on this albums needs skipping past-they all work on all sorts of levels.The album’s opening song, “Caring is Spooky” has such a great feeling to it. “Know Your Onion” is a great teenage rebel type song-talking about a “pimple and angry” kind of guy. The album’s single “New Slang” is possibly one of the best acoustic songs I’ve ever heard-even though there is a great but simple electric guitar section too. And we cannot forget “Girl On The Wing”-easily the best song on the album. It rocks, has an interesting type of time signature, and a great, corky keyboard background.This is simply a great Indie Rock/Pop album from a band that will be making wavs. It will be interesting to see where they go next. Give it a try.

  3. Thessaly says:

    Another record, reviewed by Thessaly – OH, INVERTED WORLD [Vinyl]
    …well, maybe not my all-time *favorite* record, but I had to use a quote from the album for the review title… I bought this thing having heard only one song, once, on the radio. Impulse buys are fun. I really lucked out this time. “Oh, Inverted World” is a great album. On the first listen, it’s really good, and it improves over time. I am not the type of person who plays an album twice in a row, or even once every day; I usually wait a few days between listens, not wanting to over-play an album to death. But this one’s different. I can’t get enough of it. And on every listen, I discover new things: new hooks, cool rhythm stuff, weird little sounds in the background. The songs are the kind that work themselves into your brain and rattle around in there for (literally) several days, and you don’t mind at all. They are all standout tracks, except one or two, and even those are still very good songs. The lyrics are unique, and good. The first couple times, the writing style comes across as quite strange. But once you get used to the style, you start to really like it, and it’s so much fun to gradually puzzle out what he’s talking about. I still don’t understand the meaning of all the songs, so there’s another reason to keep playing the record…I wish this band had more releases, I would buy them immediately. I also wish I had the chance to see them live with Modest Mouse or Preston School of Industry, like some other reviewers, but in Australia that’s not likely. I’ll have to be content with playing “Oh, Inverted World” over and over again. And that is fine by me, really.In conclusion: get it, get it, get it. Try, if you can, to find the enhanced version with “Sphagnum Esplanade” and the video for “New Slang”; but even without those, it would be a great album. So go and buy it.

  4. Brandon Whitfeld says:

    Another record, reviewed by Brandon Whitfeld – OH, INVERTED WORLD [Vinyl]
    I’m finding it increasingly difficult these days to find entire albums I simply adore. The core of my musical being belongs to bands like the Smiths, Pulp, Suede, and Belle and Sebastian, who I believe carried on the torch dropped by Morrissey & Marr in this dark, dusty new millenium. But this little masterpiece called “Oh, Inverted World” by the Shins seems destined to head down that same gilded path.I stumbled on this band by accident, looking up other acts on Amazon such as Stereo Total and Death by Chocolate. I was surprised to find out the Shins weren’t from the UK, because they have a Britpop sound. Their soft, infectious rhythyms make it hard to do anything else except listen closely. Pretty much all the songs on this CD are exceptionally strong, with little filler. Okay, maybe “Your Algebra” references Os Mutantes a bit much, and yes, fine, “The Past and Pending” feels a bit long at the end there, but why carp? This album rolls dreamily by, as pretty and sublime as puffy white clouds in a clear blue spring sky. The thing is: this album is candy. Sweet and piercing, it will cloy lovingly at your heart, without you quite understanding why or how. And that’s just fine.”Know Your Onion” and “New Slang” are my two favorite songs, because they’re sung in an aching ballad tempo with a bit of added verve behind it. Just my style. If you like Belle and Sebastian, but prefer their snappier (although more rare) tracks to their more heartfelt precious songs, then you’ll really love the Shins. The album opener, “Caring is Creepy” immediately demands attention, because it has a soaring melody, with a glam-rock bent that recalls, oddly enough, Roxy Music. All the songs hang solidly onto quick, shocking melodies, and make their statement. Interestingly enough, there is a specific sound this band has, but is delicately adjusted tonally so that all the songs are momentously different, yet retain a similar aesthetic. It’s a beautiful record, and a real achievement.The pristine, rocking sound of this CD could feel equally at home in the world of Todd Haynes’ glam-rock movie homage “Velvet Goldmine” (hello, “Girl on the Wing”!) as it could in your car CD player on a long drive through the lush countryside, or in a walkman whispering to you in a darkened room before bed. And that’s just this album’s gift: an enormous crossover appeal. Good anytime, anywhere, and for anybody. Pick up “Oh, Inverted World” for a real treat. I hope the Shins will be around for a while.

  5. Jason Long says:

    Another record, reviewed by Jason Long – OH, INVERTED WORLD [Vinyl]
    The Shins, yet another outfit crawling from the wreckage of the post-Seattle boom, have released an ultimately impressive debut LP on Sub Pop. This is not your father’s pop album. The first cut, “Caring is Creepy”, snaps into action with an all too familiar sentiment: ‘I think I’ll go home and mull this over / before I cram it down my throat.’ The entire album, in fact, resonates with a delicate blend of indie-emo poetry (self-loathing) and a lilting yet slamming pop sensibility (self-respect). Replete with memorable guitar schirzos and aggressively sentimental vocals, “O, Inverted World” nestles in that corner of the psyche that wants to simultaneously withdraw from reality and light the world on fire. The final track leaves you with, ‘Loiter the whole day through and lose yourself in lines dissecting love.’ Can your ultra-famous boy band pop-star say it any better than that? Exactly. Tailor made for fans of Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Pinback and Pedro the Lion, The Shins’ catchy yet foreboding album won’t disappoint. Close the blinds, open your ears and dare yourself not to sing along.

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