Song of the Day #3,420: ‘So Now What’ – The Shins

The Shins 2012 album Port of Morrow is one of my very favorites. In fact, I named it the best album of the 00’s so far back in 2014, and I don’t know if anything has dethroned it. There’s a list I’ll have to revisit next year.

Following up that pop masterpiece was going to be difficult, and I regretfully report that they didn’t quite hit it out of the park with this year’s Heartworms. One big caveat: I’ve given Heartworms just a handful of listens and it’s grown on me each time, so it might still climb in my estimation. But it’s no Port of Morrow.

Shins mastermind James Mercer can write infectious hooks in his sleep, and Heartworms has its share. Where it falters is in the busyness of its production and instrumentation. Mercer throws a bit too much into the mix.

The tracks he does let breathe, such as the country-flavored ‘Mildenhall‘ and today’s SOTD, are highlights. ‘So Now What’ first appeared in the Zach Braff film Wish I Was Here, Braff having previously used a Shins song for a key scene in Garden State.

[Chorus]
I had this crazy idea
Somehow we cruise to the end
Change lives in every direction
Guess we’ll just begin again

[Verse 1]
Oh girl, it’s been a while
Since we met, out there in the cold
Seems so long ago
It’s hard not to imagine
The lives we used to have
When the nights were rather cold
So now what?

[Chorus]
I had this crazy idea
Somehow we cruise to the end
Change lives in every direction
And I guess we’ll just begin again
I think you know you’re my best friend

[Verse 2]
It’s one of them unspoken rules
If things would not turn out the way we planned
You know that I would hurt
I can handle all of that
If I can still take you there
And you still think I am strong
But I admit that I was wrong
So now what?

[Chorus x2]
I had this crazy idea
Somehow we cruise to the end
Change lives in every direction, tonight
And I guess we’ll just begin again
I hope you know you’re my best friend

[Outro]
I guess we’ll just begin again (x7)

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,420: ‘So Now What’ – The Shins

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    This seems like pleasant enough pop music, though it could use some more grit for my personal taste.

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