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The Shins debut is full of catchy tunes with interesting lyrics. It earned them a dedicated fan base and critical praise.
This album is on NME's list of best 100 albums of the last decade; some consider Chutes Too Narrow to be stronger than The Shins' first album.
This effort by The Shins sees them stretching out into new territories of texture and sound. Also, chart-wise, it's the band's most successful album: it debuted at the #2 Billboard spot.