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Don Giovanni
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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Flake Music
When You Land Here, It's Time To Return
Omnibus Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Last August, as the Midwestern heat turned to a sticky, super-humidified mess that I could hardly take, the Shins delivered me the perfect late-summer soundtrack for the four o'clock bong hit, a powder-blue clad compendium mesmerizing with light, wispy guitar tones and overtly pop music that is both traditional and avante at the same instance. This year, they do it again, with the re-release of When You Land Here, It's Time To Return, the lone full-length album the four Albuquerq-sters released under their former name, Flake Music.

Like last year's Oh Inverted World, this album contains eight tracks of respectable, somewhat literary lyrics delivered in varying pitch that always blends with or compliments the guitar tone. What Flake Music's album is about is essentially summed up by James Mercer's introductory lyrical observation in the opening track "Spanway Hits"; "use a pen to reflect what you've got left to protect on the old dusty shelves in your childhood room." In honesty what When You Land Here, It's Time To Return represents isn't exactly positive, when taking into consideration the hindsight that 2002 provides, considering it's now five years since it's initial release and there isn't a heck of a lot of obvious stylistic growth between the Flake Music past and the current Shins sound. Perhaps this fact gives a little more weight to what I wrote in my review of the Shins' debut last fall - "If Oh Inverted World had come out on a smaller indie I'm positive it would have been bashed like only Wolfie can imagine, but since it bears the Sub Pop hipster seal, it has gone out largely unscathed."

When it comes down to it however, Flake Music provide a welcome accompaniment to Oh Inverted World (an album that one can't help but end up liking despite all of its shortcomings), and When You Land Here, It's Time To Return is an acceptable stop-gap measure in tiding us over until the next Shins album, which will hopefully be a bit more evolved. For now, if you're jonesin' for some more Shins or even a fresh dose of that Beachwood Sparks/Beach Boys/Olivia Tremor Control sound, this will serve you nicely.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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