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And why, to make thing interesting. Links optional. Could become a cracking playlist
It's just the perfect version of the National in despondent mood, with Berninger sounding like he can't voice all his regret, so he sticks to a few simple, hopeless lines. \the whole thing isn't complicated in fact, but it's pitched so well.
like most of their best songs, it is alarmingly simple and emotionally compelling
second place to 'Fake Empire', 'Apartment Story' and 'Humiliation'
You wear your skirt like a flag
And everything surrounds you and doesn't fade
Nothing like the sound I make
That only lasts the season
And only heard by bedroom kids who buy it for that reason
That verse alone is enough to win it the title for me. Absolute genius.
Anyone's Ghost, Available, About Today, Vanderlyle, Slow Show, Afraid of Everyone all get honourable mentions.
The drumming is always the best part of the National, but I like the arpeggios in this one because they sound sort of C86 and it's a little more raw than they got afterwards.
and that stops me from listening to their albums anymore.
About Today is masterful. As is Cherry Tree and All The Wine from the same EP. I just love what happens in the last 2 minutes of Terrible Love as typified by the live performance on Fallon or in the Mistaken For Strangers film.
I Need My Girl is my pick of their latest record.
Great lyrics, great hook.
Honourable mentions to You Were Kindness, All Dolled-up in Straps, The Geese of Beverly Road, Apartment Story and Available.
"You wouldn't want an angel watching over - surprise, surprise, they wouldn't wanna watch."
There are genuinely dozens of other contenders though. Amazing band.
with Brainy a close second. I just think it encapsulates them perfectly and his some a romantic/bittersweet song
Any one of About Today, Slipped, Sorrow, Slow Show, Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks, Start A War, Mr November and Lucky You.
and Daughters of the Soho Riots
I'd go for Apartment Story, All The Wine, Slow Show, or Start a War.
But it's a choice between Slow Show, Fake Empire, Bloodbuzz Ohio, Abel or Slipping Husband.
but it would be between Slow Show, Apartment Story, Conversation 16, About Today, Pink Rabbits, Mr November, Graceless and Afraid of Everyone
is such a beautiful song.
but i generally find them quite boring indeed