100 Best Albums of the 2000s

100 Best Albums of the 2000s

The Shins, 'Oh, Inverted World'

61. The Shins, 'Oh, Inverted World'

From the jangling disaffection of "Caring Is Creepy," to the mournful, infamously synced "New Slang," the Portland, Oregon-based band's debut never needed a hype machine to make it worthy of repeat spins. James Mercer's disembodied tenor lifted tunes like "Girl on the Wing" from their low rumble and set the standard for indie-pop frontmen who could invoke gauzy nostalgia in the now – which, 10 years later, makes Oh, Inverted World a joyfully resilient listen.

Rolling Stone's Original 2001 Review

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