OK, that's taking it a little far. But The Shins' latest release, Wincing the Night Away, is definitely a decent way to spend 41 minutes.
"Sleeping Lessons," the album's opening track, comes to the listener as if through a dream, slowly building to a drum and electric guitar crescendo before fading away.
The first single, "Phantom Limb," may be my new favorite song with its distinctive head-bopping chorus and layered vocals.
While the album takes a definite step outside The Shins' established comfort zone (see: "Sea Legs"), fans old and new won't be disappointed by their latest effort.
Besides, if you squeeze a 7 out of Pitchfork, how bad can it be??
Download Wincing the Night Away on iTunes