Ports of Morrow
(Columbia)
Remember in Garden State when Natalie Portman tells Zach Braff that The shins will "change your life"? Eight years later, only James Mercer, the band's singer-songwriter, remains from that "life-changing" lineup on this, the band's first LP in five years. As always, Mercer's songwriting is the highlight, and the shaggy-dog instrumentation of yore has been replaced with a coat of glossy production. Songs like "Bait and Switch" might not change your life, but they'll make you dance.