Albums to watch

Heartworms

The Shins

Heartworms

Fifth album from the Albuquerque, New Mexico indie rock band produced by frontman James Mercer

ADM rating[?]

6.8

Label
Columbia
UK Release date
10/03/2017
US Release date
10/03/2017
  1. 8.4 |   Gig Soup

    Another earworm mix of songs that provide musical medicine for both new music listeners and faithful Shin lovers
    Read Review

  2. 8.0 |   NME

    The Shins in 2017 possibly aren’t life changing, but overall Mercer’s songwriting creds are well in tact
    Read Review

  3. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    James Mercer and co are back with a melodic tour de force
    Read Review

  4. 8.0 |   The Music

    If Heartworms was the first Shins record you'd heard, you'd be surprised to know that the band has been around for more than 20 years
    Read Review

  5. 8.0 |   music OMH

    The evolution and maturation of The Shins might continue at its steady pace with this record, but it’s all the better for the sense of nostalgia that pervades it, seeping from both its music and its lyrics
    Read Review

  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Sketching autobiographical situations whose particularity evades pop’s more humdrum cliches
    Read Review

  7. 8.0 |   Q

    An utter gem. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Hyperactively wordy and exquisitely tuneful. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Another fine crop of pop Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The totality of the record is enough to engulf listeners in myriad textures accomplished via sound and vision
    Read Review

  11. 7.9 |   Earbuddy

    It’s always a joy to hear Mercer’s roundabout ear for writing and singing applied to the unique sound he has established for the group. Which is just him
    Read Review

  12. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    The most hermetic LP James Mercer has released since 2001’s Oh, Inverted World. His gift for making fussy arrangements seem effortless remains unparalleled
    Read Review

  13. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Mercer’s voice and turns of phrase full of paradox make this an intricate album
    Read Review

  14. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Deceptively sunny, psych-tinged
    Read Review

  15. 7.1 |   Paste Magazine

    Heartworms glimpses something deeper than Mercer’s moods: his spirit
    Read Review

  16. 7.0 |   All Music

    Though it takes a few listens to get to the heart of Heartworms, fans who have stuck with Mercer for this long will find it time well spent
    Read Review

  17. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Heartworms has to answer a different question entirely: where do the Shins go from here?
    Read Review

  18. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Heartworms has more of a home-brewed feel, heavy on Beach Boys grandeur, New Wave kicks, squiggly synth-pop and warm-weather soft rock
    Read Review

  19. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Although the core songwriting is never quite as captivating and merciful as it was on previous albums, Heartworms nonetheless has an adventurous outer shell
    Read Review

  20. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    One thing that remains strong is Mercer's ability to craft songs that are always interesting, otherworldly, and transport you to another universe
    Read Review

  21. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    For all that Mercer tries to achieve in Heartworms, and as is usually the case with most of The Shins’ catalogue, the strongest cuts are often the ones that uncover little details with emotional nuances and careful articulation
    Read Review

  22. 6.0 |   DIY

    Five years after the big, bright ‘Port Of Morrow’, James Mercer is more contemplative
    Read Review

  23. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A decent Shins album without ever being great
    Read Review

  24. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Throughout Heartworms, James Mercer ruminates on aging by contrasting his present with his past
    Read Review

  25. 6.0 |   State

    The Shins haven’t quite cracked what contemporary indie music should sound like – but they have evolved to ensure that they’re not irrelevant
    Read Review

  26. 6.0 |   The 405

    Just a few puzzle pieces shy of being great, and that’s a damn shame
    Read Review

  27. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    An album of tinkering and pootling, the sound of a man reminiscing on life, referencing his favourite records – less rock star, more bloke living out his hobby from the comfort of a suburban garage
    Read Review

  28. 5.8 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    The Shins may get a bad rap, but this time, it doesn’t seem unfair
    Read Review

  29. 5.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A brightly colored mess
    Read Review

  30. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    Heartworms is a sonic course correction from 2012's Port of Morrow, but the songwriting is still spotty, so it's simply too little, too late
    Read Review

  31. 5.0 |   Crack

    Turning his memories into just another teen movie, Heartworms can’t shake the weight of Mercer’s own expectations
    Read Review

  32. 2.0 |   The Skinny

    Aimless and fussy, Heartworms sounds like the kind of album a person with slightly too much money, their own studio and a massive ego would make
    Read Review


blog comments powered by Disqus

Watch it

Roll over video for more options

Hear it

Preview & download it

The Shins: Heartworms

  • Download full album for just £8.99
  • 1. Name For You £0.99
  • 2. Painting a Hole £0.99
  • 3. Cherry Hearts £0.99
  • 4. Fantasy Island £0.99
  • 5. Mildenhall £0.99
  • 6. Rubber Ballz £0.99
  • 7. Half a Million £0.99
  • 8. Dead Alive £0.99
  • 9. Heartworms £0.99
  • 10. So Now What £0.99
  • 11. The Fear £0.99
  • Service provided by 7Digital

Latest Reviews

More reviews