Port Of Morrow

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3.00
It’s a fair assessment to say that there are no new sounds these days.  It is a broad assessment but perhaps there’s something in it, after all, most new music has its roots in something that came before it, and maybe the best we can hope for is a fresh take; a voice or instrument or quite simply a passion that renders a familiar sound and pushes it into unfamiliar territory. Here come The Shins to sweep that hope away and instead ask us to buy 10 tracks that makes for an unfocussed mix tape aping other artists' output (a couple of solo Beatles (one alive/one sadly not)/Morrissey/The Byrds/Tom Petty/Michael Yonkers/others) of the last four decades, distilling it of any soul, then pop-polishing it to the point of transparency. So, why the score? Well, in truth each of the tracks is serviceable in a Toploader "Dancing in the Moonlight" way (and let’s be honest that track isn’t nearly as grating as its foul reputation would have us believe – there is a place for it) and main man James Mercer's conviction is convincing even if the result is barely north of vacuous.