Album artwork for Chutes Too Narrow - 20th Anniversary Remaster by The Shins
Album artwork for Chutes Too Narrow - 20th Anniversary Remaster by The Shins

This 2023 edition of The Shins’s beloved second album, Chutes Too Narrow, celebrates the album’s 20th anniversary with a fresh remaster by Adam Ayan, supervised by band leader James Mercer, and lovely new packaging for the vinyl.

Following The Shins’s breakout 2001 debut, Oh, Inverted World, singer/songwriter/guitarist James Mercer and drummer Jesse Sandoval moved from Albuquerque to Portland, OR and bassist Neal Langford was replaced with Dave Hernandez (ex-Scared Of Chaka), who played bass on the stand-out track from the first record, “New Slang.” Chutes Too Narrow, their heavily anticipated follow-up, was recorded in James’ basement home studio, with later mixing assistance from Phil Ek (Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, David Cross, Les Savy Fav, etc.). And, with 10 songs, clocking in at just over 30 minutes, Chutes Too Narrow is a brief yet entirely scintillating glimpse at chiming, reflective and perfectly skewed pop innovation.

It was released to widespread acclaim in 2003, garnering Pitchfork’s Best New Music, four stars from Rolling Stone, and raves from the New York Times, MOJO, the Village Voice, SPIN, and tons more. It subsequently made best-of-the-decade lists from The AV Club, NME, Paste, Pitchfork, and Uncut.

The Shins

Chutes Too Narrow - 20th Anniversary Remaster

Sub Pop
Album artwork for Chutes Too Narrow - 20th Anniversary Remaster by The Shins
LP

£24.99

Die-Cut Tri-Fold Sleeve with Custom Dust Sleeve

Black
Released 20/10/2023Catalogue Number

SP1570

Album artwork for Chutes Too Narrow - 20th Anniversary Remaster by The Shins
LP +

£27.99

Die-Cut Tri-Fold Sleeve with Custom Dust Sleeve

Transparent Sun Yellow

Released 20/10/2023Catalogue Number

SP1570X

Album artwork for Chutes Too Narrow - 20th Anniversary Remaster by The Shins
CD

£11.99

Gatefold Altpack with Insert

Released 20/10/2023Catalogue Number

SPCD1570

The Shins

Chutes Too Narrow - 20th Anniversary Remaster

Sub Pop
Album artwork for Chutes Too Narrow - 20th Anniversary Remaster by The Shins
LP

£24.99

Die-Cut Tri-Fold Sleeve with Custom Dust Sleeve

Black
Released 20/10/2023Catalogue Number

SP1570

Album artwork for Chutes Too Narrow - 20th Anniversary Remaster by The Shins
LP +

£27.99

Die-Cut Tri-Fold Sleeve with Custom Dust Sleeve

Transparent Sun Yellow

Released 20/10/2023Catalogue Number

SP1570X

Album artwork for Chutes Too Narrow - 20th Anniversary Remaster by The Shins
CD

£11.99

Gatefold Altpack with Insert

Released 20/10/2023Catalogue Number

SPCD1570

This 2023 edition of The Shins’s beloved second album, Chutes Too Narrow, celebrates the album’s 20th anniversary with a fresh remaster by Adam Ayan, supervised by band leader James Mercer, and lovely new packaging for the vinyl.

Following The Shins’s breakout 2001 debut, Oh, Inverted World, singer/songwriter/guitarist James Mercer and drummer Jesse Sandoval moved from Albuquerque to Portland, OR and bassist Neal Langford was replaced with Dave Hernandez (ex-Scared Of Chaka), who played bass on the stand-out track from the first record, “New Slang.” Chutes Too Narrow, their heavily anticipated follow-up, was recorded in James’ basement home studio, with later mixing assistance from Phil Ek (Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, David Cross, Les Savy Fav, etc.). And, with 10 songs, clocking in at just over 30 minutes, Chutes Too Narrow is a brief yet entirely scintillating glimpse at chiming, reflective and perfectly skewed pop innovation.

It was released to widespread acclaim in 2003, garnering Pitchfork’s Best New Music, four stars from Rolling Stone, and raves from the New York Times, MOJO, the Village Voice, SPIN, and tons more. It subsequently made best-of-the-decade lists from The AV Club, NME, Paste, Pitchfork, and Uncut.