This 2023 edition of The Shins’ beloved second album, ‘Chutes Too Narrow’, celebrates the album’s 20th anniversary with a fresh remaster from original tapes by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering, supervised by bandleader James Mercer, and lovely new packaging for the vinyl.
– Following The Shins’s breakout 2001 debut, ‘Oh, Inverted World’, singer / songwriter / guitarist James Mercer and drummer Jesse Sandoval moved from Albuquerque to Portland, OR, and bassist Neal Langford was replaced with Dave Hernandez (ex-Scared Of Chaka), who played bass on the stand-out track from the first record, ‘New Slang’.
– ‘Chutes Too Narrow’, their heavily anticipated follow-up, was recorded in James’ basement home studio, with later mixing assistance from Phil Ek (Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, David Cross, Les Savy Fav, etc.). And, with 10 songs, clocking in at just over 30 minutes, ‘Chutes Too Narrow’ is a brief yet entirely scintillating glimpse at chiming, reflective and perfectly skewed pop innovation.
– It was released to widespread acclaim in 2003, garnering Pitchfork’s Best New Music, four stars from Rolling Stone and raves from the New York Times, MOJO, the Village Voice, SPIN and tons more. It subsequently made Best Of The Decade lists from The AV Club, NME, Paste, Pitchfork and Uncut. Critically acclaimed on release, and widely considered one of the best albums of the 2000s.
Pressed on Transparent Sun Yellow vinyl.