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92. ‘Phantom Limb’ by The Shins (2006)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 13, 2009 by G.K. Reid

I struggle with The Shins.  It’s not their fault that Garden State upheld them as the patron saints of limpdick, “sensitive” white boys and their kooky-ass, free-spirited, cute-as-a-button girlfriends. And yet, sometimes I just can’t listen to the music without imagining Zach Braff cry-wanking in front of a mirror and mopping up the mess with a slice of soggy milkbread. (I don’t know why he doesn’t just use a tissue, but you just know that Zach Braff always has milkbread to hand).  Compounding this problem is the scientifically proven fact that too much exposure to James Mercer’s wussy little voice can induce chronic bed-wetting.

But, these issues aside, it’s very difficult to argue against the sophistication and frequent loveliness of the music. I just love the way Phantom Limb hangs together so delicately, with so many graceful sweeps, and a diffuse, dreamlike warmth permeating the whole thing.  It’s like this song is made out of silk.  (Now there’s a very Braffian sentiment).

Bonus points: Another one of my favourite themes: two lovers vs. a society that doesn’t understand, a la Gene Pitney’s Town Without Pity.