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James Mercer of The Shins performs "It's Only Life" live in the KEXP studio. Recorded 2/10/2012.

Host: Cheryl Waters
Engineer: Kevin Suggs
Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Shelly Corbett & Scott Holpainen
Editing: Jim Beckmann

Retrieved from Wikipedia:
It's Only Life on Wikipedia
"It's Only Life"
Single by The Shins
from the album Port of Morrow
ReleasedMarch 16, 2012 (2012-03-16)[1]
Recorded2011 (2011)
GenreIndie pop, indie rock
LabelAural Apothecary/Columbia
Writer(s)James Mercer[2]
The Shins singles chronology

"It's Only Life" is a song performed by The Shins, issued as the second and final single from their album Port of Morrow. The song was written by the band's lead singer James Mercer.[2]


  • 1 Critical reception
  • 2 Music video
  • 3 Live performances
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Critical reception

The song has received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Brendan of MusicUnderFire praised Mercer's skills in writing the song and further stated that the song "smashes [the previous single] to pieces".[3] Matt from A Heart is a Spade considered the song a "heart-on-sleeve" track and called its accompanying video "sentimental".[4] Conversely, Michael Roffman of Consequence of Sound gave the song a negative review, stating that the song is "the sort of sappy fluff whose plasticity poisons a genre".[5]

Music video

The official music video for the song was directed by Hiro Murai.[6]

Live performances

The band has performed the song on the Late Show with David Letterman[7] and Saturday Night Live.[8]


  1. ^ " It's Only Life: The Shins: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "It's Only Life - The Shins - Listen, Appearances, Song Review - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ Brendan (May 6, 2012). "Listen: The Shins "It's Only Life" - MusicUnderFire". MusicUnderFire. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ Matt (July 11, 2012). "The Shins Debut New Video". A Heart is a Spade. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ Roffman, Michael (March 19, 2012). "The Shins – Port of Morrow - Album Reviews - Consequence of Sound". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "▶ ▶ The Shins - It's Only Life (Official Music Video) - YouTube". YouTube. July 11, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "▶ ▶ The Shins - It's Only Life (Live On Letterman) - YouTube". YouTube. April 21, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ Navaroli, Joel. "SNL Archives - Episodes - 03.10.2012 #10". SNL Archives. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 

External links

  • "It's Only Life" at AllMusic
  • "It's Only Life" at Discogs
  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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