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Chutes Too Narrow (album) by The Shins

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Chutes Too Narrow
Chutes Too Narrow by The Shins (2003)
Overall rank: 322nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 658 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 5 albums of 2003 (5th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 2000s (59th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (322nd)

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The Shins bestography

Chutes Too Narrow is ranked as the best album by The Shins.

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70/100
A folk album with lyrics as it's principal trait. I feel like this album needed something more, I don't know, the way It is, It sounds like It could have been better, maybe trying different things? The songs kind of sound the same, and they all have a pretty similar vibe to It.
I guess The Shins will never go on to write something as good as "New Slang".
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From Vatsal
This album breaks my heart in the most beautiful way. One of the best written albums I've ever heard.
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From Ben4
I'm pretty biased toward this album, but I love it. It just has such a nice polished sound, and the songwriting is superb. The only track I wouldn't give five stars is Those to Come.
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From jhuik
Just so damned earnest!
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From Strangel
This album is the peak of James Mercer and The Shins creativity thus far. It is absolute indy rock perfection. If anyone asks you how to define indy rock just throw this album at them. Each track is so damn good it's difficult to pick a standout track - not a weak track on the whole album. Catchy hooks come at you relentlessly. The lyrics are fantastically enigmatic, poetic, and quirky. Mercer's vocals are at their most expressive and emotive. The guitar has a raw edge yet the album production is far more polished than Oh, Inverted World. All in all I cannot fault Chutes Too Narrow. If I were to be picky it only suffers in comparison to other great albums in this chart due to the fact that it has few songs that can lay claim to being hailed as all time classics. However, any number of these songs have the quality to be seen as classics. Perhaps they get lost in amongst the company they keep...

ALBUM HIGHLIGHT: Probably Pink Bullets, but depending on the day it could be Mine's Not A High Horse, or Kissing the Lipless, or Those to Come. or...
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"Not simply an excellent album," wrote Matt LeMay in his review for Pitchfork, "Chutes Too Narrow is also a powerful testament to pop music's capacity for depth, beauty and expressiveness." That is such a great summary of what I love about this album. James Mercer and company have crafted here a collection of songs that make excellent use of Mercer's impressive vocal range, while at the same time showing an attention to detail in performance and production that give the album a timeless feel. "So Says I", the album's first single and my favorite track here, succeeds largely through the subtle variations worked into its verses, and enjoys its strongest moment in the transcendent harmonies adorning its brief, seamless bridge, concluding with these lines: "But all our crying voices, they can't turn it around / And you've had some crazy conversations of your own."
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Has a style of his own.
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From carpents
I don't even like the Shins and I love this album.
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From culley96
Masterpiece. This is one of those albums where every song is capable of being a lead single. It's all phenomenal, and Saint Simon is out of this world.
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*sigh* yeah...

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pop records don't get much better than this
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