Graham Reid | | <1 min read
Within three months of the release of this sometimes but only occasionally delightful, joyful, retro-referencing and slightly skewiff debut album by Albuquerque's four-piece the Shins, the world was indeed inverted when the Twin Towers fell.
In those days before the darkness descended, it was mid 2001 and multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and singer James Mercer was a pop craftsman with his ear on Pet Sounds (Weird Divide here), Brit-flavoured jangle-pop (One by One All Day), Big Star, straight-ahead minimalist New Wave (Know Your Onions!, the lame Girl Inform Me) and . . .
With smidgens of power-pop (Girl on the Wing) and more.
While this remastered 20thanniversary reissue affirms the virtues of pop music -- catchy songs which are uplifting, an elevation into the three brief minutes of faux, white-holy spirituality (Your Algebra) -- it also reminds us of how a happy memory probably influences those few who remember this . . . .
As with all those later-than-late-period Kinks albums, this remastered/reissue of Oh, Inverted World is an album you may "appreciate" more than you'd ever actually like.
So may not play much again.
You can hear this remaster edition of Oh, Inverted World on Spotify here