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Old 03-13-2012, 03:03 PM   #226
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I gave up on Atease about a year after signing up (and that was probably 8 or so years ago). Their general music section hated everything. You'd be hard pressed to find a thread there about any artist that doesn't have at least a few people saying how horrible they are, at least at that point. Sounds like nothing has changed.
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Old 03-13-2012, 03:52 PM   #227
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yep. i rarely read Atease for comments. i do enjoy seeing year end lists and stuff like that just to see if there's anything i've missed, but there's so much trolling there it's not even funny.
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:12 PM   #228
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I was impressed with this band when I saw them on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. I want to hear more.
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:14 PM   #229
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I was impressed with this band when I saw them on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. I want to hear more.
have you heard their first 3 albums? if not, i would do so immediately.
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:15 PM   #230
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:47 PM   #231
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yep. i rarely read Atease for comments. i do enjoy seeing year end lists and stuff like that just to see if there's anything i've missed, but there's so much trolling there it's not even funny.
Indeed. The threads with an argument between Nick and someone else in EYKIW are nothing compared to some threads there.

I've tried to get into The Shins recently but it hasn't worked out for me yet. I got the first album and I immediately fell in love with Caring Is Creepy. The rest doesn't do much for me though. I just listened the stream of the new and my experience was about the same. Second Song is great but the rest...
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:51 AM   #232
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So my initial thoughts on this are that I'm a little disappointed. I will say that this is a completely different sound though and there are a lot of things that I haven't heard from The Shins.

I'm definitely hoping this is a grower though.
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:06 PM   #233
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so on my 2nd listen, it's sitting with me a little better. there are a couple of real duds, imo, but some real beautiful tracks as well.
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:07 PM   #234
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The quality of the stream is pretty miserable, I know I liked every song they've previously released more when I heard them at higher quality. I'm not going to listen to it again until i have the CD. I'm not exactly thrilled right now, particularly with the second half, but I felt the exact same with Wincing. Even at this crap quality, it's much better than Broken Bells.
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:09 PM   #235
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I'm not really feeling it either on first listen. Their first three albums were the soundtrack to much of my young life, so I intend on giving this one a chance also, but I can't really get over the fact that only two or three songs stuck out at me. When Wincing leaked, I was obsessive about Sleeping Lessons, Phantom Limb, Sea Legs, basically everything. It is better than Broken Bells though, a lot more vibrant and energetic.

I'm not going to judge the production as I listened to it on my home stereo speakers that frankly aren't that great, but it does feel really busy and characterless. I'm sure I'll like it more once I give it a proper headphone listen.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:09 AM   #236
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"It's Only Life" is a fantastic Belle & Sebastian song.

Seriously though, it's an alright album, but I didn't think too much of the third one either. I will say this though, "Simple Song" is one of the best tracks James Mercer will ever write and it stands shoulder-to-shoulder with any other Shins track. The way the emotion bursts through that track is staggering, knocks me out every time.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:25 AM   #237
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Just discovered I can pipe the iTunes stream through my Apple TV and into my stereo, which just makes it more obvious that the stream quality isn't very good.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:16 AM   #238
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i'm coming around to this album a little more now, listening to a better rip. the last 2 songs are pretty great. i'm still not drawn back to the album though, so i'm unsure that it will have a great replay value for me.
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I saw The Shins the other night at SXSW... it was a really good show. I'm looking forward to the new album, and I'm resisting listening to it until it actually comes out. However, I'm worried, because Simple Song seems to be mastered incredibly loudly, to the point where it sounds distorted to my ears to a pretty terrible degree.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:26 AM   #240
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Just found the two bonus tracks and they're pretty good. Probably could have replaced a couple of songs on the album.
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