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

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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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