I couldn’t resist commenting on this…On Zune’s Marketplace I discovered “The Bluegrass Tribute to The Shins.” You can hear some 30-second previews – or even buy the album – on Amazon. It’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard. I’m not opposed to bluegrass music in principle, but whenever you hear such familiar songs played on quickly-plucked banjo strings it’s instantly humorous.
The singer is what makes the largest impact, however. His distinctly country accent is instantly recognizable and is so divergent from Mercer’s characteristic vocals that one cannot help but laugh. It really indicates just how vital the lead singer is to determining whether or not a song is enjoyable. I wonder if I would like these songs if I’d never heard the original Shins renditions?
That’s enough of that. Time to listen to the real Shins.