Sometimes, well-established indie bands run the risk of falling into the mainstream. Luckily, Port of Marrow, The Shinsâ€™ fourth album has retained the bandâ€™s wistful uniqueness. Thereâ€™s longing and affection behind the lyrics, a beautiful construction of words that deconstruct
the listenerâ€™s emotions. â€œSeptemberâ€ first comes to mind: Ainâ€™t she lovely/ bone and blood…And love is the ink in the well/ when her body writes.
The album is anything but single-tonedÂ and offers a variety of beats. â€œSimple Songâ€ is simply full of pop-spunk, while tracks like â€œFall of â€˜82â€ offer smooth lite- rock (with a trumpet solo!). The Shins create the same senseÂ of nostalgia you feel when you listen to â€œSummer of â€™69,â€ but their fresh spin ensures you wonâ€™t grow tired of the album anytime soon.