Heavenly Pop Hit

Today's song is pop perfection.

The Shins - Kissing the Lipless

From the obviously meaningful, but oblique lyrics through to the extremely-retro fuzz guitar solo, "Kissing the Lipless" is a masterpiece. I particularly dig the soaring vocal melody in the verses and the following lyrical snippet: "I want to bury in the yard / The grey remains of a friendship scarred."

True to the last post, I don't know much about the band. Judging from the music on their 2003 album, Chutes Too Narrow, though, The Shins are fond of the poppier side of 1960s English rock. (I can hear the influence of The Beatles and The Who all over the album.) But, while in the hands of lesser mortals--or the English--this could translate into too many la-la-la's and too few b-a-l-l-s, The Shins rock in their musically gentle, but lyrically tough way.

Now, can anyone confirm the rumour that the band have sold the song "Young Pilgrims" to American Airlines for their in-flight music service? I ask because the song includes the following lyric: "I learned fast how to keep my head up 'cause I know that there's this side of me / That wants take the yoke from the pilot and fly the whole mess into the sea."

How'd you like to hear that one during your flight?

February 3, 2005 | Comments (4)


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