Top positive review
4 people found this helpful
on August 9, 2014
I have had this album in digital form for many years. It has always been one of my absolute favorites. I think this is The Shins' best work. In my opinion, this is their masterpiece. Whenever I introduce people to The Shins, I point them to this album. If you are looking at this you are most likely familiar with this album. So you know how good it is. If you were brought here because of other Shins' albums or Broken Bells, just buy this album. If you like The Shins, you will like this album.
I have been buying all my favorite albums on vinyl. My digital collection of music is fairly large, over 20k songs. But as I get older and venture into my 30s, I am feeling more and more detached from my digital music. Buying this (and many others) on vinyl was just what the doctor ordered. There is just something about the big artwork and actually holding something that just makes it better. Spinning this on the turntable is like experiencing it for the first time. James Mercer's voice is amazing on this album. The clarity of this vinyl is astounding. It doesn't sound like it's been compressed much, if at all. I have listened to this from start to finish numerous times now. Although it doesn't appear to be 180 gram vinyl, it is fairly sturdy. And it plays brilliantly without any noise or skipping. The album artwork has always been one of the reasons I've always been drawn to this album. It's quirky and original. And you can spot this album instantly by the artwork. Which is a nice trait for an album to have. It makes it stand apart from the masses. The box itself is bright and colorful and made with thick cardboard. It is a gatefold and has the lyrics for all the tracks inside. The vinyl itself was housed in a thick clear plastic sleeve.
If you have a way to play it, buy this album on vinyl before it is too late. This won't be around forever. Plus, it is a different experience to hear this on vinyl.
Amazon's vinyl packaging was excellent as always.