Top 100 Artists of the Decade: #65 The Shins
The Top 100 Artists of the Decade list will be posted over the course of 100 days. On September 23rd, we will post one artist and continue every day until December 31st, when we will unveil our #1 artist of the decade!
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#65 The Shins
The Shins are like Cinderella and we're all just the little fucking sewing rats that got left behind. We loved Oh, Inverted World and, even when nobody else would listen, we would scream your praises. We sang "So Says I" at the top of our lungs when you were just a ragged step-daughter. But, then, Zach Braff comes along with his Garden State Soundtrack and, all of a sudden, you're the fucking princess and we're still rats that can talk and where clothes. Fuck you.
Alright, that was a little too harsh. We can't hate - it's about the music, right? Right. The Shins' 2001 debut, Oh, Inverted World, is arguably the best indie rock record of the decade. "New Slang" (of Garden State fame) was on every indie kid's mixtape for the girl they had a crush on from June 2001 until October 2003. Then their sophomore album, Chutes Too Narrow, was released and "Pink Bullets" took it's place. And, with their latest album, Wincing the Night Away, they have re-affirmed their status. Although the album as a whole is their weakest, songs like "Black Wave" and "Sleeping Lessons" are some of their best work to date.
It was tough when Garden State came out. We were torn between the youthful obscurity of the past and the mainstream popularity of the future. But, no matter how hard we swam against the current, we never made any progress. So, now we have accepted The Shins' place in history.
The Shins will always be remembered as the band that will "change your life," but they worked there way up from the bottom and have consistently put out solid records since the beginning of the decade. Although they left us in the dust, still sewing ballroom gowns and eating cheese off of the floor, The Shins look mighty fine in that dress. So, we still love 'em.