History Music / TheNational

18th Jul '16 12:25:44 PM StFan
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** "City Middle" is a darker take, which has references to Tennessee Williams' ''CatOnAHotTinRoof'', mentioning ''"I wait for the click/But it doesn't kick in.''" "The click" being the hopes that alcoholism will erase all the troubles that sober life brings, but it tragically never works.

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** "City Middle" is a darker take, which has references to Tennessee Williams' ''CatOnAHotTinRoof'', ''Theatre/CatOnAHotTinRoof'', mentioning ''"I wait for the click/But it doesn't kick in.''" "The click" being the hopes that alcoholism will erase all the troubles that sober life brings, but it tragically never works.
24th Jun '16 11:48:14 AM Austn
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* AlbumTitleDrop: The title ''Trouble Will Find Me'' is derived from a lyric in "Sea Of Love" ("If I stay here, trouble will find me").
* AmbiguousGender: It's never explicitly stated if the Joe in "Sea Of Love" is a man or a woman, since the name could go either way. The album's liner notes use "Joe" instead of "Jo", suggesting a man, but they also use "child" in place of boy or girl which keeps it ambiguous.

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* AlbumTitleDrop: The title ''Trouble Will Find Me'' is derived from a lyric in "Sea Of of Love" ("If I stay here, trouble will find me").
* AmbiguousGender: It's never explicitly stated if the Joe in "Sea Of of Love" is a man or a woman, since the name could go either way. The album's liner notes use "Joe" instead of "Jo", suggesting a man, but they also use "child" in place of boy or girl which keeps it ambiguous.



* CarefulWithThatAxe: Matt did this occasionally on their earlier albums. It's especially effective in "Slipping Husband", as it's a quiet song where Matt suddenly erupts towards the end with a truly jarring scream. "Abel" basically has Matt do this for it's duration. In addition, live performances of "Available" "Squalor Victoria", "Mr November", and "Graceless" also tend to feature a great deal of this.

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* CarefulWithThatAxe: Matt did this occasionally on their earlier albums. It's especially effective in "Slipping Husband", as it's a quiet song where Matt suddenly erupts towards the end with a truly jarring scream. "Abel" basically has Matt do this for it's duration. In addition, live performances of "Available" "Available", "Squalor Victoria", "Mr November", and "Graceless" also tend to feature a great deal of this.



* DownerEnding: "Hard To Find" functions as one for the narrative of ''Trouble Will Find Me''. The protagonist (Joe), has the opportunity to pursue the person that he has spent the album reflecting on (presumably Jennifer), but passes it up due to his belief that being together is an impossibility, thereby resigning himself to continue yearning for her and contemplating their past together.
* DrunkenSong: "All The Wine", "Bloodbuzz Ohio", and countless others.

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* DownerEnding: "Hard To to Find" functions as one for the narrative of ''Trouble Will Find Me''. The protagonist (Joe), has the opportunity to pursue the person that he has spent the album reflecting on (presumably Jennifer), but passes it up due to his belief that being together is an impossibility, thereby resigning himself to continue yearning for her and contemplating their past together.
* DrunkenSong: "All The the Wine", "Bloodbuzz Ohio", and countless others.



** "Don't Swallow The Cap" also functions as a darker take on this type of song. The track's 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.

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** "Don't Swallow The the Cap" also functions as a darker take on this type of song. The track's 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.



* IndecipherableLyrics: Matt's PerishingAltRockVoice is so perishing that he sometimes sounds like he just got done DrowningHisSorrows before he recorded the song. For an example, see Blank Slate.

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* IndecipherableLyrics: Matt's PerishingAltRockVoice is so perishing that he sometimes sounds like he just got done DrowningHisSorrows before he recorded the song. For an example, see Blank Slate."Blank Slate".



* LoudnessWar: Despite their critical acclaim, they've received a bunch of criticism for their mastering. Clipping especially apparent on the climax of "Slipping Husband" and the ending of "Murder Me Rachel." Most of their songs are limited/compressed to the point where "90-Mile Water Wall" is as loud as "Abel."

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* LoudnessWar: Despite their critical acclaim, they've received a bunch of criticism for their mastering. Clipping is especially apparent on the climax of "Slipping Husband" and the ending of "Murder Me Rachel." Most of their songs are limited/compressed to the point where "90-Mile Water Wall" is as loud as "Abel."



** ''Trouble Will Find Me'': 1, peaks at 2 for "Don't Swallow The Cap", "Graceless" & "Sea Of Love" only.
* TheMovie: Two; there was one about the making of Boxer called "A Skin, a Night" and there was another, more important one called "Mistaken For Strangers." This one is about the National's lead singer's brother, Tom, following the band on tour and it documents the relationship between Tom and Matt.

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** ''Trouble Will Find Me'': 1, peaks at 2 for "Don't Swallow The Cap", Cap," "Graceless" & and "Sea Of of Love" only.
* TheMovie: Two; there was one about the making of Boxer called "A Skin, a Night" and there was another, more important one called "Mistaken For for Strangers." This one is about the National's lead singer's brother, Tom, following the band on tour and it documents the relationship between Tom and Matt.



** In a sense, ''Trouble Will Find Me'' can be seen as a sort of synthesis of the styles of ''Boxer'' and ''High Violet'' respectively. Similar to ''High Violet'', it's slower and more layered than most of their work, however, it greatly dials back the sonic density that defined several tracks on the previous album ("Terrible Love", "Bloodbuzz Ohio", "Lemonworld", among others), in favor of the sparser approach that defined a number of the tracks on ''Boxer'''. Furthermore, the album also places more emphasis on [[UncommonTime unconventional time signatures]] and brings the backing vocals to the forefront once more.

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** In a sense, ''Trouble Will Find Me'' can be seen as a sort of synthesis of the styles of ''Boxer'' and ''High Violet'' respectively. Similar to ''High Violet'', it's slower and more layered than most of their work, however, it greatly dials back the sonic density that defined several tracks on the previous album ("Terrible Love", "Bloodbuzz Ohio", "Lemonworld", among others), in favor of the sparser approach that defined a number of the tracks on ''Boxer'''.''Boxer''. Furthermore, the album also places more emphasis on [[UncommonTime unconventional time signatures]] and brings the backing vocals to the forefront once more.
4th Jun '16 7:27:36 PM gewunomox
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!!TheNational contains examples of the following tropes:

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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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