Chutes Too Narrow (20th Anniversary Remaster): Loser Edition Transparent Sun Yellow Vinyl LPSP1570X
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Label: Sub Pop
Release Date: 20th October
Twenty years ago The Shins completed indie pop, or seemingly so, they gave it another shot with 'Wincing' but 'Chutes Too Narrow' had that subtle burrowing depth, an odd record that is kind of underwhelming at first but later you're friends for life, it's like one of those stories of the perfect couple who learned to be inseparable.
Die-cut tri-fold jacket with custom dust sleeve
Limited edition on Sun Yellow vinyl
This 2023 edition of The Shins’s beloved second album, Chutes Too Narrow, celebrates the album’s 20th anniversary with a fresh remaster by Adam Ayan, supervised by band leader 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.
Kissing the Lipless
Mine's Not a High Horse
So Says I
Fighting in a Sack
Turn a Square
Gone for Good
Those to Come