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Chutes Too Narrow (20th Anniversary Remaster)
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The Shins
Sub Pop Records
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Release Date
October 21, 2003

Remastered by Adam Ayan, under the watchful eye of the band’s prime mover/singer-songwriter James Mercer, this special release features a lovely new, custom die-cut cover for the CD and vinyl formats of the album.

Chutes Too Narrow, the heavily anticipated follow-up to The Shins’ beloved debut, Oh, Inverted World, was recorded in James Mercer’s basement home studio, with later mixing at Seattle’s Avast! Recording Co. with assistance from Phil Ek (Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, David Cross, Les Savy Fav, etc.). With ten songs clocking in at just over 30 minutes, the record is a brief yet scintillating glimpse at chiming, reflective, and perfectly skewed pop innovation.

Chutes Too Narrow was released to widespread acclaim in 2003, garnering Pitchfork’s “Best New Music,” four stars from Rolling Stone, and raves from the New York Times, MOJO, the Village Voice, and SPIN. It subsequently made best-of-the-decade lists from The AV Club, NME, Paste, Pitchfork, and Uncut.

Mercer says of Chutes Too Narrow, “I was very aware at the time that I had struck gold with the first record, and it was unlikely to happen again. “Sophomore slump” and all that. The pressure to prove myself as a viable writer had never been so pronounced. Midway through the mixing process, I realized one of the songs would not work, so I stayed up after everyone went to bed and wrote ‘Young Pilgrims.’ And with Ek’s help, it worked! Such a stressful but beautiful experience!”

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Kissing the Lipless (2023 Remaster) 3:18 Buy

    Kissing the Lipless (2023 Remaster)

  2. 2 Mine's Not a High Horse (2023 Remaster) 3:19 Buy

    Mine's Not a High Horse (2023 Remaster)

  3. 3 So Says I (2023 Remaster) 2:48 Buy

    So Says I (2023 Remaster)

  4. 4 Young Pilgrims (2023 Remaster) 2:47 Buy

    Young Pilgrims (2023 Remaster)

  5. 5 Saint Simon (2023 Remaster) 4:24 Buy

    Saint Simon (2023 Remaster)

  6. 6 Fighting in a Sack (2023 Remaster) 2:26 Buy

    Fighting in a Sack (2023 Remaster)

  7. 7 Pink Bullets (2023 Remaster) 3:52 Buy

    Pink Bullets (2023 Remaster)

  8. 8 Turn a Square (2023 Remaster) 3:10 Buy

    Turn a Square (2023 Remaster)

  9. 9 Gone for Good (2023 Remaster) 3:12 Buy

    Gone for Good (2023 Remaster)

  10. 10 Those to Come (2023 Remaster) 4:23 Buy

    Those to Come (2023 Remaster)

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