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Oh, Inverted World - 20th Anniversary Edition

    Oh, Inverted World, the earth-shattering, indie-rock-redefining 2001 debut album by The Shins, is presented here in its finest form, dressed up all nice for its 20th birthday. The classic tunes get new life by way of a full remastering job under band leader James Mercer’s watchful eye, the art is given a little extra zest via a die-cut jacket and a classy inner sleeve, and the package is rounded off with a big ol’ booklet with vintage photos, handwritten lyrics, and more.

    The music, of course, is obviously essential. Aside from a friendly reminder that this is the album with the smash hit “New Slang,” as heard in the hit movie Garden State, we just need to note that the remastering job truly makes this the album James Mercer always wanted it to be. Never quite satisfied with the sonics of the original, Mercer took the 20th anniversary of the album as his opportunity to finally set the (literal!) record straight. And the results sound stellar: great for new fans, and well worth the attention of those already on board!

    For old times’ sake, here’s what we had to say about this record back when it came out: Hailing from Albuquerque, NM, The Shins sprung from the ashes of Flake/Flake Music 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 (who knew?).


    Caring Is Creepy
    One By One All Day
    Weird Divide
    Know Your Onion!
    Girl Inform Me
    New Slang
    The Celibate Life
    Girl On The Wing
    Your Algebra
    Pressed In A Book
    The Past And Pending

    Los Lobos Vs The Shins

    The Fear 


      The Shins, the acclaimed pop project of songwriter James Mercer, have won the hearts of many, building strongly from the early releases on indie luminaries Sub Pop Records to the recent, deeply intimidate album, Heartworms. They did the unexpected when they re-recorded every song on the album in a completely different style and reversed the running order for The Worm’s Heart, released last month.

      “The top-line melody remains intact, but everything else - the instrumentation, tempo - is altered.” - The Guardian

      This split 12” titled Los Lobos vs. The Shins features three distinct versions of their song, The Fear; the original booming, sweeping track from Heartworms; the second kinetic “flipped” version from The Worm’s Heart; and the final rendition, heavy on the heartstrings, from buddy-band Los Lobos, which took vital form while the two groups played out together. In Mercer’s words, Los Lobos “just destroyed our version."

      Pressed on clear vinyl with pink wisps. Limited copies available for RSD 2018 exclusively.

      James Mercer released "Heartworms" in March 2017. As a creative exercise, during those recording sessions, he flipped every song on its head, to re-record each song in the opposite way to the originals - Songs that were more rock & uptempo became slower & more acoustic, whilst the songs that were acoustic & slower in tempo, became more rocky & upbeat.


      Barry says: How impressive that Mercer can remake a superb addition to his canon, but reversed. How does that work? Well, it works very well as it goes and adds a layer of intreague to these already superb compositions.


      01 The Fear (Flipped)
      02 So Now What (Flipped)
      03 Heartworms (Flipped)
      04 Dead Alive (Flipped)
      05 Half A Million (Flipped)
      06 Rubber Ballz (Flipped)
      07 Mildenhall (Flipped)
      08 Fantasy Island (Flipped)
      09 Cherry Hearts (Flipped)
      10 Painting A Hole (Flipped)
      11 Name For You (Flipped)

      The Shins

      Wincing The Night Away

        It could be said that The Shins’ third album, ‘Wincing The Night Away’, was one of the most heavily anticipated record of 2007. Post ‘Garden State’ notoriety, the band have reached beyond their indie-darling status to something approaching mainstream recognition.


        Sleeping Lessons
        Pam Berry
        Phantom Limb
        Sea Legs
        Red Rabbits
        Turn On Me
        Black Wave
        Split Needles
        Girl Sailor
        A Comet Appears

        James Mercer returns with the much anticipated fourth album from The Shins. Recorded in LA and Portland last year, as well as providing his distinctive vocals, James also plays the majority of the instrumentation on the album too.


        Andy says: Big, clear, crisp pop, with enough of a twist to keep us lot happy. James Mercer has simply become an outstanding songwriter.


        1. The Rifle's Spiral
        2. Simple Song
        3. It's Only Life
        4. Bait And Switch
        5. September
        6. No Way Down
        7. For A Fool
        8. Fall Of '82
        9. 40 Mark Strasse
        10. Port Of Morrow

        The Shins

        Chutes Too Narrow

          Quite a departure from their "Oh Inverted World" debut. Gone is the 60s Beach Boys / Byrdsian low key production, "Chutes Too Narrow" has a much more updated sound. The same off-kilter songs are still there, but the vocals are brought right up front, and give the whole album a crisp, bright feel, while in the background, guitars jangle and backing harmonies intertwine beautifully.


          Kissing The Lipless
          Mine’s Not A High Horse
          So Says I
          Youg Pilgrims
          Saint Simon
          Fighting In A Sack
          Pink Bullets
          Turn A Square
          Gone For Good
          Those To Come

          The Shins

          Oh, Inverted World

            The Shins carry the indie rock torch with their own subtle orchestral stamp. Think the pop side of Built To Spill or a more out-there Beachwod Sparks. Perfect pop sounds with an edge of weirdness.

            TRACK LISTING

            Caring Is Creepy
            One By One All Day
            Weird Divide
            Know Your Onion (Album Version)
            Girl Inform Me
            New Slang
            The Celibate Life
            Girl On The Wing
            Your Algebra
            Pressed In A Book
            The Past And Pending

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