Monday, May 19, 2014

My Music Monday

This week I'm going with the 2006 release, "Phantom Limb" from the Shins.

Save James Mercer, the lead vocalist and guitarist, no one else from arguably their biggest hit remains in the band - Mercer dismissing them before the follow-up album.

It's not that I think much of the Shins one way or the other. They have some decent material, and I loved Mercer's duet with Aimee Mann on her last solo album.

And to be truthfully forthcoming, I don't "officially" own one album of theirs. My nephew ripped me a copy of their disk, Wincing the Night Away.

I know that to some, music is more important than the lyrics, and to others the opposite is true. Personally, I think it's more of an equal combination. But to me even if the lyrics don't mean anything, I would like to understand what they're saying / singing.

The Shins didn't publish their lyrics with the disk. And often during this song, you can't really tell what Mercer is singing. To look on-line, if you view 10 different sites that post supposed lyrics, you'll get 10 different takes, at least by varying degrees.

Still, it works.

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