Mid-Year Report: The Best Albums of 2012 So Far

From Bruce to Best Coast and beyond, 40 of our favorite albums from the last six months

The Shins, 'Port of Morrow'

The Shins, 'Port of Morrow'

An indie-pop master comes back with a grander sound and sharper hooks.

Read the RS review: "On the first Shins record in five years, [James Mercer] nails a balance of economy and sweep, matching the studio lushness he craves with the secondhand melodicism that made [2004's] 'New Slang' resonate beyond the vegan cookouts of his base in Portlandia." 

Song Story: The Shins, 'Simple Song'
Video: The Shins Play 'Letterman' 

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