The Shins - Heartworms

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The Shins return with their fifth studio album, Heartworms!

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"True to the band's spirit, but willing to push beyond aesthetically, Heartworms is a rewarding and singular addition to the Shins' catalog." — Entertainment Weekly

Following their warmly received Halloween gift to fans in the form of "Dead Alive," The Shins have returned with their fifth studio album, Heartworms.

In contrast to 2012's Port of Morrow, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 and was nominated for a Best Alternative Album Grammy, Heartworms ushers in a return to the handmade. Heartworms is, as always, entirely written by James Mercer. With the exception of "So Now What" (produced by Richard Swift), Heartworms is the first Shins album to be self-produced by Mercer since Oh, Inverted World in 2001.

Heartworms features Mercer's most diverse lyrical palette to date: From fictional character sketches ("Fantasy Island," "Rubber Ballz"), autobiographical accounts ("Mildenhall"), to the first single "Name For You," a resounding call for female empowerment inspired by Mercer's three daughters.

The result is a cohesive, genre defying album marked by Mercer's distinctive voice and melodic composition. Unified by his singular vision, Mercer creates a sound that is both familiar — a nostalgic nod to the album's predecessors — and distinctly new.


Side 1
1. Name For You
2. Painting a Hole
3. Cherry Hearts
4. Fantasy Island
5. Mildenhall

Side 2
1. Rubber Ballz
2. Half a Million
3. Dead Alive
4. Heartworms
5. So Now What
6. The Fear

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