Sometimes, well-established indie bands run the risk of falling into the mainstream. Luckily, Port of Marrow, The Shins’ fourth album has retained the band’s wistful uniqueness. There’s longing and affection behind the lyrics, a beautiful construction of words that deconstruct
the listener’s emotions. “September” first comes to mind: Ain’t she lovely/ bone and blood…And love is the ink in the well/ when her body writes.
The album is anything but single-toned and offers a variety of beats. “Simple Song” is simply full of pop-spunk, while tracks like “Fall of ‘82” offer smooth lite- rock (with a trumpet solo!). The Shins create the same sense of nostalgia you feel when you listen to “Summer of ’69,” but their fresh spin ensures you won’t grow tired of the album anytime soon.