I wondered, in the months leading up to the release of Port of Morrow, if the magic would be gone. After so many years, and so many members leaving the band, would James Mercer be able to release another beautiful album under the Shins moniker, or would he have been better off continuing with solo stuff and side projects?
I worried in vain. I love the new album, and it is full to the brim with all the delightful quirk and beauty I could have hoped for. The Shins are back and as good as ever.
The first video for the album is pretty great, too.