History Music / TheNational

5th May '16 2:44:27 PM aye_amber
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They started out with a small underground following in 1999, producing mostly SoOkayItsAverage albums and [=EPs=], until their 2005 album, ''Alligator'' which turned them into critical darlings. From there, their albums continued to get better. In 2007, their album, ''Boxer'' was featured on many "Best of the Year" lists, and in 2010 their fifth album, ''High Violet'' won them further critical attention. The album has even been in competition with ArcadeFire's ''The Suburbs'' and Music/BeachHouse's ''Teen Dream'' in year-end charts. In 2011 they provided a song featured in Portal 2 at the request of the developers and performed "[[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire The Rains of Castamere]]" for the 2012 season of ''Series/GameOfThrones''. The golden run then continued in 2013 with the release of their sixth album ''Trouble Will Find Me.''

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They started out with a small underground following in 1999, producing mostly SoOkayItsAverage albums and [=EPs=], until their 2005 album, ''Alligator'' which turned them into critical darlings. From there, their albums continued to get better. In 2007, their album, ''Boxer'' was featured on many "Best of the Year" lists, and in 2010 their fifth album, ''High Violet'' won them further critical attention. The album has even been in competition with ArcadeFire's Music/ArcadeFire's ''The Suburbs'' and Music/BeachHouse's ''Teen Dream'' in year-end charts. In 2011 they provided a song featured in Portal 2 at the request of the developers and performed "[[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire The Rains of Castamere]]" for the 2012 season of ''Series/GameOfThrones''. The golden run then continued in 2013 with the release of their sixth album ''Trouble Will Find Me.''
24th Apr '16 1:13:22 AM aye_amber
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Unlike many bands in the Indie/Alternative movement, they don't rely on of happy/poppy or aggressive hooks to keep their music going. Instead they focus on sombre, tug-at-your-heartstrings type of music. Matt Berninger's Baritone vocals provide very bittersweet lyrics accompanied by the band that keeps a lush sound spiraling in the background. Many people claim that their music helps them through depressing times in their lives and actually uplifts them. Other people tend to call them too melancholy and dismiss them in the same manner as {{Radiohead}} gets dismissed.

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Unlike many bands in the Indie/Alternative movement, they don't rely on of happy/poppy or aggressive hooks to keep their music going. Instead they focus on sombre, tug-at-your-heartstrings type of music. Matt Berninger's Baritone vocals provide very bittersweet lyrics accompanied by the band that keeps a lush sound spiraling in the background. Many people claim that their music helps them through depressing times in their lives and actually uplifts them. Other people tend to call them too melancholy and dismiss them in the same manner as {{Radiohead}} Music/{{Radiohead}} gets dismissed.
24th Dec '15 4:31:46 AM Morgenthaler
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They started out with a small underground following in 1999, producing mostly SoOkayItsAverage albums and [=EPs=], until their 2005 album, ''Alligator'' which turned them into critical darlings. From there, their albums continued to get better. In 2007, their album, ''Boxer'' was featured on many "Best of the Year" lists, and in 2010 their fifth album, ''High Violet'' won them further critical attention. The album has even been in competition with ArcadeFire's ''The Suburbs'' and BeachHouse's ''Teen Dream'' in year-end charts. In 2011 they provided a song featured in Portal 2 at the request of the developers and performed "[[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire The Rains of Castamere]]" for the 2012 season of ''Series/GameOfThrones''. The golden run then continued in 2013 with the release of their sixth album ''Trouble Will Find Me.''

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They started out with a small underground following in 1999, producing mostly SoOkayItsAverage albums and [=EPs=], until their 2005 album, ''Alligator'' which turned them into critical darlings. From there, their albums continued to get better. In 2007, their album, ''Boxer'' was featured on many "Best of the Year" lists, and in 2010 their fifth album, ''High Violet'' won them further critical attention. The album has even been in competition with ArcadeFire's ''The Suburbs'' and BeachHouse's Music/BeachHouse's ''Teen Dream'' in year-end charts. In 2011 they provided a song featured in Portal 2 at the request of the developers and performed "[[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire The Rains of Castamere]]" for the 2012 season of ''Series/GameOfThrones''. The golden run then continued in 2013 with the release of their sixth album ''Trouble Will Find Me.''
24th Oct '15 11:27:20 PM Rivfruifv
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* EpicRocking: "Son", "A Reasonable Man (I Don't Mind)", "England" and "Humiliation" all exceed five minutes, while "Cardinal Song" exceeds six.

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* EpicRocking: "Son", "A Reasonable Man (I Don't Mind)", "Runaway", "England" and "Humiliation" all exceed five minutes, while "Cardinal Song" exceeds six.
24th Oct '15 11:26:33 PM Rivfruifv
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* CoolShades: Both Devendorf brothers don a pair of red-tinted sunglasses.



* NiceShades: Both Devendorf brothers don a pair of red-tinted sunglasses.
24th Oct '15 11:25:38 PM Rivfruifv
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* NiceShades: Both Devendorf brothers don a pair of red-tinted sunglasses.
9th Sep '15 8:45:01 PM Mikeyfan93
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23rd Jul '15 2:55:41 AM Rivfruifv
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* BadassBeard: Everyone in the band!
* BaldOfAwesome: Scott, sort of.



* BassoProfundo: Matt is generally a baritone, but sometimes he borders on this when he gets low enough on songs like "Demons," "Runaway," "The Rains Castamere" of and "Bloodbuzz Ohio"

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* BassoProfundo: Matt is generally a baritone, but sometimes he borders on this when he gets low enough on songs like "Demons," "Runaway," "Demons", "Runaway", "The Rains of Castamere" of and "Bloodbuzz Ohio"Ohio".



* EpicRocking: "Son", "A Reasonable Man (I Don't Mind)" and "England" all exceed five minutes, while "Cardinal Song" exceeds six.

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* EpicRocking: "Son", "A Reasonable Man (I Don't Mind)" and Mind)", "England" and "Humiliation" all exceed five minutes, while "Cardinal Song" exceeds six.
21st Jul '15 7:12:32 PM wat
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** "Don't Swallow The Cap" also functions as a darker take on this type of song. The track's narrative is clearly in a terrible state of drunkenness, sadness, and disorientation, but he oscillates between denial and panic throughout the song. Similarly to "City Middle", it also references Tennessee Williams. In this case, it's title refers to the manner in which Williams died.

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** "Don't Swallow The Cap" also functions as a darker take on this type of song. The track's narrative narrator is clearly in a terrible state of drunkenness, sadness, and disorientation, but he oscillates between denial and panic throughout the song. Similarly to "City Middle", it also references Tennessee Williams. In this case, it's title refers to the manner in which Williams died.
9th Apr '15 4:21:19 PM Rivfruifv
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* BadassBaritone: Matt Berninger owns this trope.


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* EpicRocking: "Son", "A Reasonable Man (I Don't Mind)" and "England" all exceed five minutes, while "Cardinal Song" exceeds six.
** The live version of "About Today" from ''The Virginia EP'' is eight minutes and twenty-five seconds long.
** One of their most memorable concerts was when they played "Sorrow" live on repetition for a record time of ''six hours non-stop''.
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