Heartworms (album)

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Heartworms
The Shins - Heartworms.jpg
Studio album by The Shins
Released March 10, 2017
Recorded
  • 2014–16
Genre
Length 41:44
Label Columbia
Producer James Mercer
The Shins chronology
Port of Morrow
(2012)Port of Morrow2012
Heartworms
(2017)
Singles from Heartworms
  1. "Dead Alive"
    Released: October 26, 2016
  2. "Name for You"
    Released: January 5, 2017
  3. "Half a Million"
    Released: June 13, 2017[3]
  4. "Cherry Hearts"
    Released: October 31, 2017[4]

Heartworms is the fifth studio album by American rock band The Shins. The album was released March 10, 2017, on Columbia Records. It is the Shins' first studio album in five years.[5] The album was produced by James Mercer.[6] "So Now What" was produced by former band member Richard Swift.[6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic73/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[8]
The A.V. ClubB[9]
Drowned In Sound8/10 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
The Independent4/5 stars [10]
musicOMH4/5 stars[11]
NME4/5 stars[12]
Paste Magazine7.1/10[13]
Pitchfork7.6/10[14]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[15]

Heartworms, overall, received positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 73, based on twenty reviews.[7]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
Drowned in Sound Favourite Albums of 2017
2017
77

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by James Mercer.

No.TitleLength
1."Name for You"3:09
2."Painting a Hole"4:44
3."Cherry Hearts"3:33
4."Fantasy Island"4:46
5."Mildenhall"3:19
6."Rubber Ballz"3:17
7."Half a Million"3:23
8."Dead Alive"3:34
9."Heartworms"2:56
10."So Now What"3:38
11."The Fear"5:25

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 16
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 52
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 60
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[20] 36
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[21] 26
French Albums (SNEP)[22] 157
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[23] 61
Irish Albums (IRMA)[24] 18
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[25] 2
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[26] 35
Scottish Albums (OCC)[27] 16
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[28] 44
UK Albums (OCC)[29] 19
US Billboard 200[30] 20

The Worm's Heart[edit]

The Worm's Heart
The Shins - The Worm's Heart.jpg
Studio album by The Shins
Released January 19, 2018
Recorded
  • 2014–17
Genre
Length 41:26
Label Columbia
Producer James Mercer, Jon Sortland, Yuuki Matthews
The Shins chronology
Port of Morrow
(2012)Port of Morrow2012
Heartworms / The Worm's Heart
(2017/2018)

In December 2017, the band announced a "flipped" version of Heartworms to be released on January 19, 2018. The album contains the same songs as Heartworms but reinterpreted. According to Mercer, slow songs are played fast, quiet songs louder, fast songs slower and loud songs quieter.[31] The track listing also mirrors the track listing from the first album, but in reverse.[31]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by James Mercer.

No.TitleLength
1."The Fear (flipped)"4:41
2."So Now What (flipped)"4:18
3."Heartworms (flipped)"3:09
4."Dead Alive (flipped)"4:34
5."Half a Million (flipped)"3:27
6."Rubber Ballz (flipped)"3:30
7."Mildenhall (flipped)"4:17
8."Fantasy Island (flipped)"3:27
9."Cherry Hearts (flipped)"2:52
10."Painting a Hole (flipped)"3:10
11."Name for You (flipped)"4:01

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[32] 10

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Brown, Eric Renna. "Album Review: The Shins - Heartworms". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
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  5. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (January 5, 2017). "The Shins Announce Tour". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 5, 2017. 
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  7. ^ a b "Reviews for Heartworms by The Shins". Metacritic. Retrieved March 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ Phares, Heather. "Album Review: The Shins - Heartworms". AllMusic. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  9. ^ Williams, Matt. "The Shins, Laura Marling, Greg Graffin, and more in this week's music reviews". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 14, 2017. 
  10. ^ Gill, Andy. "Album reviews: The Shins – Heartworms, The Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir, Valerie June – The Order of Time and more". Retrieved March 14, 2017. 
  11. ^ Ashton-Smith, Alan (March 10, 2017). "The Shins – Heartworms Review". musicOMH. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  12. ^ Gunn, Charlotte (March 24, 2017). "The Shins – 'Heartworms' Review". NME. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  13. ^ Milo, Jeff. "The Shins: Heartworms Review". Paste Magazine. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
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