Like basically everything they've done. Shocker.
and too comfortable with their sound.
may need repeated listens
But then, that is what makes them so good.
I'm wondering how long it will take this one to hit. After 4 or 5 listens, it's still a garden variety National song. Quite pleasant, but not brilliant (yet).
As an aside, I'm not sure how much I like Matt Berninger writing explicitly about sadness like he does here (and did on Sorrow). It was kind of better when he sang about things that were sad or hinted at it, rather than the thing itself...
One of the best songs he's ever written?
The National have never been ones for great deviance from their sound. I genuinely don't think they need it to be honest. They just write consistently great songs.
I didn't mind High Violet but, it wasn't great.
I find Boxer's artwork rather captivating
Generally I'm bitter that I hate all their t-shirts.
Three in a row is impressive. Should we be expecting them to lose it?
As an aside; this song is nice.
I'm right, aren't I?
It's very beige. I'm not hating on the band for the sake of it, I do like them, but the song is... really beige.
Can imagine it growing on me even more though
Also the lyrics are getting more and more on the nose. In the live vid they all look slightly embarassed singing 'I need my girl' over and over.
Having said that I think this is alright - and their stuff always, always grows on me. I suppose if anything this might be too instant?
they're like the American Elbow
Demons, Heaven Faced and Graceless. Demons is fine enough, but a weird choice for a lead single - no Bloodbuzz Ohio or Mistaken For Strangers at any rate. Heaven Faced and Graceless are both shaping up pretty nicely though.
and the link is: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p017fh37
Still this being the National, DiS and I will obviously love the album regardless
Heaven Faced and Graceless have reassured me that everything is going to be all right. Plus I found Demons worming in my head at 4 am so I guess that's a good sign too
is that this record is them not forcing the songs out, just letting them flow. So this one I suspect is going to be very much an album where the songs work in that context. I mean, some of the songs on Boxer and Alligator sound like they have someone chasing them. Maybe less fireworks than usual. Which for me will be interesting to listen to. Maybe a more evening in your bedroom kind of record.
I like all 3 of the tracks from the session, though none of them have me bouncing up and down the way Terrible Love did when they played it on Jimmy Fallon before High Violet came out. One should remember that Maida Vale always has terrible sound quality which always affects the way new tracks sound.
it seems this is going to be a 'alone at dusk' kind of a vibe, not too many rockers (if any?). People who think they are boring are not going to get converted I suspect - this is pretty much what I assume they mean when they say they are now comfortable with their sound and have nothing to prove.
what the living shit are you talking about?
maybe the radio compression exacerbates it, but every time I listen to someone I like in session from there, the songs sound flat and hissy.
i love this! thank you.
but they're basically a dull band with an innovative drummer. Quite glad all the 'next REM' hype has died down.
I don't really see any similarities, other than heart-on-sleeve lyrics.
the slow steady rise from indie darlings towards a stadium sized band without alienating too many fans along the way. Also the fact that there seems to be an inverse proportionality between how many units they shift and how good an album actual is.
That graceless will be my song of the year. Demons seems strange choice of lead single, seems nice but file next to Little Faith perhaps.
The subtle synth and string arrangements are lovely.
Quite sprightly and light-footed, but still very big and distinctly National-y. Nice.
but a really lazy, half-hearted vocal, imho.
like somebody calling in a fake sickie to work
worst Matt Berninger lyric yet?
If you want
to see me cry
play 'Let It Be'
it's almost annoying
Seems to remind me of Boxer more than High Violet
but its not like theres a world between the too
the outro sounds like Brainy.
I think this is the point where I'm not gonna try and listen to anymore of it until I get the album
here are some more
haven't listened to them yet. Matt B in glasses though : (
all starts kicking off at the end of Sea of Love. great stuff.
It almost sounds like the National doing pop-punk, but still sounding like the National.
I Need My Girl is pretty nice too. Sounds a lot more immediate than a lot of their stuff, particularly in the chord sequence.
It looks like they've wrong-footed us with Demons, though I liked it at first, its probably turning out to be the worst song on the album so far.
Keyboard player looks like he's having a great time.
I've heard some of their other songs. That's all I need to know.
I can't unhear it, and now neither can you.
HEY JOE I'M SORRY TO HURT YOU BUT THEY SAY LOVE IS A VIRTUE DONT THEY
I never do that, these days. Plus getting a giddy thrill from the fact that my name is Joe.
^this mainly for giddy thrill (sad really..)
This is better than anything on High Violet.
good song, hurry up album
I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that Amazon send my pre-order a day early like they do with games.
much better listening without watching the video. eurgh
Just don't strike me as a band that'll suddenly have an electro phase?
On first spin, 'Sea of love' is by far the best and most different to what else they've done. Sure I'll change my mind about that though in time.
but don't see it as a huge departure at all, sounds really similar to "mr november"
they sound just like The National, and I'm absolutely fine with that. I don't know why you'd want them to do anything different.
Incredible stuff. Christ knows what sean was on about.
It's a great album
But that's a very encouraging comment. I really like HV and the lyrics are good, but still someway behind Boxer. He seemed slightly more banal
Maybe slightly messy structure but songwriting is as strong as usual
It's a bit silly to judge it on one listen but it didn't disappoint. I don't listen to The National to be blown away though, I listen with the intention of using it to soundtrack my life for years to come.
Oh lordy. Got the day off tomorrow so I could spend a lot of time throwing myself into it. Ah fuck it, I've pre-ordered the vinyl. I'll wait.
Just the same as.
..nobody is taking sides here
I'll end up winning and I won't know why
i like how he's returned to the very personal sounding lyrics, i felt they were sorely missed from high violet
the songwriting is the national as per usual, which isn't a bad thing at all
i would've liked a big rock song on this like mr november or bloodbuzz ohio, but i guess they just didn't feel like doing one
at a couple of points on the album i did feel like they were getting a LITTLE bit close to sounding like U2 (ending of humiliation, anyone?)
fave tracks: i should live in salt, graceless, pink rabbits
I hate the bits where there's an extra beat or so and it goes a little off kilter a bit rhythmically (most obviously in the opener). I don't know why bands have to keep doing that at the minute. One of the main reasons I love the National is how tight their rhythm section is, this sort of development grates.
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