Chutes Too Narrow
(Sub Pop, 2003)
I used to think that Oh, Inverted World was The Shins at their best, but when it really comes down to it, Chutes Too Narrow is song for song, just overwhelming. I think the catchy, nerdy natured air of The Shins belie the amazing songwriting, which is really, really great. Superb lyrics, good drumming (seriously, why did they “fire” this guy?) and serendipitous pop loveliness. Chute Too Narrow proves The Shins really can change lives, regardless the ridiculous films that try to use them as some hipster springboard.