Sub Pop proudly presents Wincing The Night Away re/issued&re/pressed on silver coloured vinyl. What did Sub Pop say of Wincing the Night Away back in 2007, you ask_ Here it is> To play music for a long time, you have to surprise the people that love you/while also surprising yourself. Recorded in singer&guitarist James Mercer-s basement studio, Phil Ek-s Seattle digs, and in Oregon City with veteran producer Joe Chiccarelli *Beck, U2(, Wincing the Night Away is The Shins- third full/length album. It-s also the sound of a band growing up and out. Mercer-s infectious, indelible melodic style is still at the core, and unfaltering. But anything can happen around it/and in this case, it does. While the vocals channel the spirit of Morrissey, @Sea Legs@ pairs a loping hip/hop beat with lush melody and searing guitars. Elsewhere the band toys with tweaked/out, liquid piano steeped in kaleidoscopic strings *@Red Rabbit@(< fractured synth samples *@Spilt Needles@(< gauzy, arpeggiated keyboards cloaking thunderous anthems *@Sleeping Lessons@(< and, taking cues from early Jesus and Mary Chain albums, sweeping, fuzz/toned epics *@Phantom Limb@(. Finally, @Turn on Me,@ @Girl Sailor@ and @Australia@ are the lilting, thrilling, rollicking, rock/solid pop songs we-ve all come to covet from The Shins. Consider yourself surprised.