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Oh, Inverted World [Enhanced]

The ShinsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)

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Our story begins in Albuquerque, NM, in 1996. Brought together by a genuine love of pop music – and subsequent eschewal of college aspirations – singer/guitarist James Mercer, drummer Jesse Sandoval, keyboardist Marty Crandall and bassist Dave Hernandez formed The Shins. Mercer had taught himself to play the ... Read more in Amazon's The Shins Store

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  • Audio CD (June 19, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B00005JSHW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,315 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Caring Is Creepy
2. One By One All Day
3. Weird Divide
4. Know Your Onion!
5. Girl Inform Me
6. New Slang
7. The Celibate Life
8. Girl On The Wing
9. Your Algebra
10. Pressed In A Book
11. The Past And Pending

Editorial Reviews

Something extraordinary is afoot in Albuquerque. The Shins' first big-time record, Oh, Inverted World, combines mysterious narratives with golden song structures, resulting in lavish and opulent indie pop. Touches of Neutral Milk Hotel's lyrical majesty and the nostalgic swirl of Echo and the Bunnymen abound. But the Shins' music--rich with acoustic guitars, flickering rhythms, and Casio-tone keyboards--is distinct and peculiar. Worry mixes with abstraction throughout, and while James Mercer sings, "You led no celibate life / No skirt while chemicals danced on your head / You stole the keys to this ride / And your fables are falling tonight," you may wonder if he's been routing through your fondest, most troubling memories. This vital album is easily among 2001's most distinguished recordings and one of the best Sub Pop releases to date. --Thom Arno

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118 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album--all the way through October 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Shins have managed to combine the best in pop sounds with everything from acoustic ballads, psychedelic sounds and pure rockers. While they maintain strong melodies and pop influence, there is still a hint of experimental sounds throughout this album-whether it's from odd keyboard approaches or wacky lyrics, the Shins have created an album that cannot be compared to anything but the Shins.
For a debut release, it's nice to see a band being a band and not following current trends. This could very easily be one of the finest new bands I have discovered. No song runs over four minutes and not one track on this albums needs skipping past-they all work on all sorts of levels.
The album's opening song, "Caring is Spooky" has such a great feeling to it. "Know Your Onion" is a great teenage rebel type song-talking about a "pimple and angry" kind of guy. The album's single "New Slang" is possibly one of the best acoustic songs I've ever heard-even though there is a great but simple electric guitar section too. And we cannot forget "Girl On The Wing"-easily the best song on the album. It rocks, has an interesting type of time signature, and a great, corky keyboard background.
This is simply a great Indie Rock/Pop album from a band that will be making wavs. It will be interesting to see where they go next. Give it a try.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "lucked out, found my favorite record..." November 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
...well, maybe not my all-time *favorite* record, but I had to use a quote from the album for the review title...

I bought this thing having heard only one song, once, on the radio. Impulse buys are fun. I really lucked out this time. "Oh, Inverted World" is a great album. On the first listen, it's really good, and it improves over time.

I am not the type of person who plays an album twice in a row, or even once every day; I usually wait a few days between listens, not wanting to over-play an album to death. But this one's different. I can't get enough of it. And on every listen, I discover new things: new hooks, cool rhythm stuff, weird little sounds in the background. The songs are the kind that work themselves into your brain and rattle around in there for (literally) several days, and you don't mind at all. They are all standout tracks, except one or two, and even those are still very good songs.

The lyrics are unique, and good. The first couple times, the writing style comes across as quite strange. But once you get used to the style, you start to really like it, and it's so much fun to gradually puzzle out what he's talking about. I still don't understand the meaning of all the songs, so there's another reason to keep playing the record...

I wish this band had more releases, I would buy them immediately. I also wish I had the chance to see them live with Modest Mouse or Preston School of Industry, like some other reviewers, but in Australia that's not likely. I'll have to be content with playing "Oh, Inverted World" over and over again. And that is fine by me, really.

In conclusion: get it, get it, get it. Try, if you can, to find the enhanced version with "Sphagnum Esplanade" and the video for "New Slang"; but even without those, it would be a great album. So go and buy it.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars short, sharp brilliance February 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'm finding it increasingly difficult these days to find entire albums I simply adore. The core of my musical being belongs to bands like the Smiths, Pulp, Suede, and Belle and Sebastian, who I believe carried on the torch dropped by Morrissey & Marr in this dark, dusty new millenium. But this little masterpiece called "Oh, Inverted World" by the Shins seems destined to head down that same gilded path.
I stumbled on this band by accident, looking up other acts on Amazon such as Stereo Total and Death by Chocolate. I was surprised to find out the Shins weren't from the UK, because they have a Britpop sound. Their soft, infectious rhythyms make it hard to do anything else except listen closely. Pretty much all the songs on this CD are exceptionally strong, with little filler. Okay, maybe "Your Algebra" references Os Mutantes a bit much, and yes, fine, "The Past and Pending" feels a bit long at the end there, but why carp? This album rolls dreamily by, as pretty and sublime as puffy white clouds in a clear blue spring sky. The thing is: this album is candy. Sweet and piercing, it will cloy lovingly at your heart, without you quite understanding why or how. And that's just fine.
"Know Your Onion" and "New Slang" are my two favorite songs, because they're sung in an aching ballad tempo with a bit of added verve behind it. Just my style. If you like Belle and Sebastian, but prefer their snappier (although more rare) tracks to their more heartfelt precious songs, then you'll really love the Shins. The album opener, "Caring is Creepy" immediately demands attention, because it has a soaring melody, with a glam-rock bent that recalls, oddly enough, Roxy Music. All the songs hang solidly onto quick, shocking melodies, and make their statement.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Hooked. October 4, 2001
By Bridget
Format:Audio CD
On a lazy Sunday afternoon I went to my local record store, hoping to find something worth hearing. The Shins' 'Oh, Inverted World' happened to be set up at a listening station, so I took a listen, and immediately as 'Caring is Creepy' began, I knew I had struck gold! This CD is incredible...the first listen all the way through, I was more intrigued than anything. As I've listened to it more, it has grown on me more than most any CD can - all of the subtleties are coming through, and each song is absolutely satisfying. I wouldn't change a thing in any one of them. The Shins are (I've read reviews, and a lot of them will throw one or two of these names out, but I swear I thought this before I ever read a single review!) a combination of the Beach Boys, Weezer, and Simon and Garfunkel - 3 bands who I, personally, have in my collection and thoroughly enjoy. However, the Shins are totally unique, totally inspiring. Their sound is simple, yet catchy...and while it's mostly upbeat and uplifting, there is a definite hint of something more to them...a yearning, perhaps, a certain sadness or longing. I cannot recommend this CD highly enough - A+, it's without a doubt worth owning.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by tal
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZINGGGG
I love the shins. You really gotta listen to new slang, will change your life. One of my favorite albums by the shins and I'm super happy I have it on vinyl now. thank youuu
Published 5 months ago by Samantha Garza
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
This was a choice as a gift. My college student was thrilled with the choice. It was exactly as she expected it to be. Read more
Published 6 months ago by artmemories
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Perfect condition, no scratches. Love this band and this album. Props to the seller for the great price on this excellent record.
Published 8 months ago by Phil Sunkel
3.0 out of 5 stars good enough
The shins are something different they have propose and sounds that are a little vintage and familiar, the lyrics very pure.
Published 13 months ago by Merced Peinado
5.0 out of 5 stars Old standby
Funny how this is still "that new Shins album" to me so many years later. Finally got around to reviewing it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by E. Ongerth
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album from a fantasic band
The Shins are incredible band. They have a sound that is very reminiscent of the Beatles, with a bit of Queen and Sabbath mixed in. James Mercer is an incredible lyricist. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Michael Hughett
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Debut
I think The Shins are one of those wonderful indie gems. Despite having only released four albums they've managed to improve and make a name for themselves with every release. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
5.0 out of 5 stars good opus, vraiment un album accompli
good opus , vraiment un album accompli, belle production , les amateurs et fans apprécieront. super univers
Published 16 months ago by Genest Didier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album.
If you are a fan of music and enjoy kicking back and listening to vinyl records, you should buy this.
Published 17 months ago by Kyle
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