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Since their 2001 debut, the world-weary baritone of National frontman and songwriter Matt Berninger has developed into one of the most compelling voices in Brooklyn’s well-groomed indie scene, begging comparisons to darkly tempered rock outsiders like Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen. The follow-up to 2010’s celebrated High Violet is a set of beautifully produced contemplations on shadowy love, self-destruction and urban ennui. Chipper? Hardly. But songs like “Demons”, “Heavenfaced” and “I Need My Girl” are impossible to shake.

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They've done it again, Virginia.

Like all of their albums, Trouble Will Find Me takes a couple of listens to fully appreciate. But once the excitement dies down, and the hype wears off, all you're left with is their best work to date. The National are as brooding and amusing as ever.
1. I Should Live In Salt, is a solid opener. Flowing lyrics and steady rhythms.
2. Demons is the first stand out track of the album. Moody and unapologetic, it sets the tone for the rest of the album.
3. Don't Swallow The Cap, continues The National's references to Tennessee Williams, and does so very nicely. Fast paced (for The National).
4. Fireproof is resentful, adoring and mournful all in one. What the hell did Jennifer do to one of you?
5. Sea of Love, is the second (and far from the last) truly stand out songs of the album. A pleasure from start to finish, with the rising choruses and poignant lyrics that make The National truly great.
6. Heavenfaced is possibly the only 'okay' song on the entire album. I guess there have to be a break, otherwise we might just enjoy ourselves too much.
7. This is the last time. With a simple bass riff and outstanding vocals, this just knocked Slow Show and Fashion Coat off the top spot for the best song they've ever written. This is why I love you guys. Don't even talk to me about the songs outro, by that point I am catatonic with pleasure.
8. Graceless reminds me of the Alligator. I don't know why, nor do I care. Amusing, tragic, and bloody brilliant.
9. Slipped, is slow and flowing. Easy bittersweet listening.
10. I Need My Girl is perhaps the most obvious and stark song on the album. This does not matter. Through smart lyrics and plain statements, The National conveys emotions beautifully.
11. Humiliation is just nice. It's nice to listen to. I cannot bring myself to elaborate on something so simple.
12. Pink Rabbits is yet another fantastic transition song, finishing somewhere very different from where it started, and doing so wonderfully.
13. Hard to Find is an outro, no getting around it, but quite a nice outro at that.

To anyone who has ever enjoyed an album from The National, you're in for a real treat.

Excellent return

Not sure why all the reviewers are saying "not as good as Boxer or High Violet" when both albums were considerably weaker and markedly less interesting than Alligator or Cherry Tree EP... this is quietly purposeful and reflective album that has more than a few echoes of the latter, and is an excellent return to a more meandering, drunk-under-the-table-at-4am vibe that signalled their best work. Great stuff.

Another Superlative Album From The National

As Matt Berninger's melancholic tone enriches the soul, the lyrics grow inside your mind with every listen.


Formed: 1999 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although formed during the post-punk revival of the late '90s, the National took inspiration from a wider set of influences, including country-rock, Americana, indie rock, and Brit-pop. The lineup began taking shape in Ohio and officially cemented itself in New York, with baritone vocalist Matt Berninger joining forces with two sets of brothers -- Scott (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums), and Aaron (guitar) and Bryce Dessner (guitar). After establishing themselves as a live act, the bandmates made...
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