The Shins are one of my favorite bands ever, they have been emulated, but never duplicated. (Rhyming! Fuck yeah!)
Led by James Mercer, the Shins play a brand of Indie pop/rock very reminiscent of old time greats like The Beach Boys, but with a flair all their own. This album, in particular, showcases some of their most developed and profound songs.
Chutes Too Narrow, is a gem of indie pop/rock, as well as their other two albums, and while most people may choose to pinpoint Oh, Inverted World as their crowning achievement, I choose this one out of nothing but personal love, and well... because this is my blog dammit.
Some must-listen songs here are: Saint Simon, Pink Bullets, and my all-time favorite Shins song... A Call To Apathy(Gone For Good)
That said, be sure to check out their other releases: Oh, Inverted world and Wincing the Night Away. Pop perfection.