Front cover

I think Jesse LeDoux’s artwork was a great choice for Chutes Too Narrow, and I guess the band didn’t have to look too far considering Jesse worked as an art director and designer for Sub Pop Records. His playful, poppy and avant-garde style perfectly reflects the music on this album and the musical nature of The Shins.

This album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package in 2003. Which, so far, is The Shins only mention at the Grammys. A shame for such a great album and band.

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The Shins: Chutes to Narrow Flat Front
The Shins: Chutes to Narrow Flat Back

The vinyl version of the album is actually a simpler affair. There’s no fancy die cut. You are however treated to a sexy white vinyl, a poster, some stickers and a badge.

The Shins: Chutes Too Narrow
The Shins: Chutes Too Narrow Poster
The Shins: Chutes Too Narrow Goodies

“Fighting in a Sack” was also released as an EP.

The Shins: Fighting in a Sack

And “So Says I” was released as a single.

The Shins: So Says I

This albums artwork is in stark contrast to their previous and subsequent album covers which are monochrome and moody.