Best Albums of the 2010s – #4
Port of Morrow – The Shins (2012)
When I listed my top albums of the decade so far back at the end of 2014, The Shins’ Port of Morrow claimed the top spot. Five years later, it’s lost none of its lustre.
Frontman James Mercer parted ways with his band’s original lineup prior to writing and recording this album, and kept the Shins name despite tackling the project as essentially a one-man band.
Pull out the bell bottoms, because Day 13 of the 30 Day Music Challenge asks you to offer up ‘One of Your Favorite 70s Songs.’
I could cheat and name any number of songs by favorite artists of mine who happened to record in the 70s. Tracks by Randy Newman, Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Billy Joel or Bruce Springsteen would be easy picks. But that would be adhering to the letter of the law but not its spirit.
I’ve written about buying greatest hits albums vs. original studio albums, but of course the real game-changer of the digital music revolution was the ability to easily buy individual songs.
Until recently I didn’t download singles very often, but that’s changing. In particular, I’ve been much quicker to buy radio hits (‘Uptown Funk,’ ‘Cool for the Summer,’ Cake by the Ocean,’ that sort of thing).