Review of the brand new first single from The Shins’ upcoming 5th album
By Carter Bagley
The Shins are easily amongst my favorite bands of all time with their very distinct and recognizable sound. The master behind it all, James Mercer, who’s the lead singer and songwriter of the group has been teasing this new album and specifically this single for months now. Originally supposed to be released in July and the album supposed to be released this fall, something happened to where it got pushed back for legal purposes or something like that. But just last week Mercer finally revealed the band’s brand new single and I must say that I’m very impressed. Their last album “Port Of Morrow” was good but didn’t match the quality of their first three albums. However this song really reminds me of something from that album mixed with their “Wincing The Night Away” sound and it works amazingly well. Mercer is one of my favorite songwriters as he uses so unconventional lyrics and metaphors that are strange but always so appealing. The rest of the band shows up to with very fascinating instrumentation. There’s also a very well made music video to accompany the song. After 15 years they band still seems fresh and creative and this shows potential for a fantastic upcoming album.
Stream the new single “Dead Alive” anywhere and watch the music video on The Shins’ VEVO page.