History Music / TheNational

20th Aug '17 12:25:31 PM wat
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** It's come to the point where ''Trouble Will Find Me'' actually ''subverts'' NewSoundAlbum, keeping the same reverb-y sound found on the last album.
** 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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** It's come to the point where ''Trouble Will Find Me'' actually ''subverts'' NewSoundAlbum, keeping synthesizes the same reverb-y sound found on the last album.
** In a sense, ''Trouble Will Find Me'' can be seen as a sort
sounds of synthesis of the styles of ''Boxer'' and ''High Violet'' respectively. their preceding two albums. Similar to ''High Violet'', it's slower and more layered than most of their work, however, it greatly dials back the sonic density maximalist production that defined several tracks on the previous album ("Terrible Love", "Bloodbuzz Ohio", "Lemonworld", among others), in favor of the a sparser approach that defined a number of emphasizes the tracks drums and vocals, akin to the one on ''Boxer''. Furthermore, the album also places more emphasis on [[UncommonTime unconventional time signatures]] and brings the backing vocals to the forefront once more.



** This is also quite prevalent on ''Trouble Will Find Me''. Berninger functions as the Gravel, while the Soprano part is fulfilled by either: Nona Marie Invie ("Don't Swallow The Cap"), Sharon Van Etten ("This Is The Last Time", "Hard To Find"), or St. Vincent ("Sea Of Love", "Humiliation").

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** This is also quite prevalent on several tracks on ''Trouble Will Find Me''. Berninger functions as the Gravel, while the Soprano part is fulfilled by either: Nona Marie Invie ("Don't Swallow The Cap"), Sharon Van Etten ("This Is The Last Time", "Hard To Find"), or St. Vincent ("Sea Of Love", "Humiliation"). several different backing vocalists.
7th Jul '17 6:58:35 PM Rivfruifv
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: They were originally more of an alt-country band with their first two albums before their gradual transition to indie rock with ''Alligator'' and ''Boxer'', and eventually art rock and baroque pop with ''High Violet'' onward.



*** It's for this reason the vinyl releases sound entirely different; instruments recorded at different levels remained so, so guitars and drums that were overbearing on the CD releases became smaller side notes. Albums up to ''Alligator'' in particular benefit from their vinyl releases since they lack the distinguishing reverberated vocals found on later albums. Bizzarely enough, the vinyl versions don't ''really'' fix the clipping issues associated with the CD versions either, they just ''sound'' more dynamic because the levels are different.

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*** It's for this reason the vinyl releases sound entirely different; instruments recorded at different levels remained so, so guitars and drums that were overbearing on the CD releases became smaller side notes. Albums up to ''Alligator'' in particular benefit from their vinyl releases since they sincethey lack the distinguishing reverberated vocals found on later albums. Bizzarely enough, the vinyl versions don't ''really'' fix the clipping issues associated with the CD versions either, they just ''sound'' more dynamic because the levels are different.
5th Jul '17 1:09:01 PM TheJCop
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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 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.''

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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 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.''
'' This one only continued their increasing popularity, and the band would go on a brief hiatus to produce side projects like EL VY, Pfarmers, and LNZNDRF, all with a more psychedelic bent. This experimentation would feed into their next album, ''Sleep Well Beast'', preceded by the surprisingly upbeat "The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness."



** ''Sleep Well Beast'' plays with this; it has some of their poppiest songs ever, but also some of their most heartbreaking lyrics.



** The title track of ''Sleep Well Beast'' extends well near seven minutes.



** ''Sleep Well Beast'': Mostly 3-4, with ballads at 1-2, but "Turtleneck" leans toward 6.



** ''Sleep Well Beast'' has a larger emphasis on full-band playing and electronic experimentation, striking somewhat of a balance between the sparseness of the last album with the gritty songwriting of their early albums.



* RecycledLyrics: A particularly stunning example in "Slow Show", where Matt reuses his lyrics from "29 Years" to conclude the former. It's in a way a nod to how far they came up to that point, as Boxer was essentially the album that broke them into mainstream status. This of course would later be cemented by High Violet and Trouble Will Find Me.

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* RecycledLyrics: A particularly stunning example in "Slow Show", where Matt reuses his lyrics from "29 Years" to conclude the former. It's in a way a nod to how far they came up to that point, as Boxer was essentially the album that broke them into mainstream status. This This, of course course, would later be cemented by High Violet and Trouble Will Find Me.
15th Jan '17 9:44:23 AM Xtifr
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'''The National''' are a [[PostPunk Post-Punk Revival]] band from New York, primarily known for their laid-back, yet melancholy sound. The band consists of Matt Berninger (singer / songwriter), Aaron Dessner (bassist / guitarist / keyboardist), Bryce Dessner (guitarist / keyboardist), Bryan Devendorf (drummer), and Scott Devendorf (bassist / guitarist).

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'''The National''' The National are a [[PostPunk Post-Punk Revival]] band from New York, primarily known for their laid-back, yet melancholy sound. The band consists of Matt Berninger (singer / songwriter), Aaron Dessner (bassist / guitarist / keyboardist), Bryce Dessner (guitarist / keyboardist), Bryan Devendorf (drummer), and Scott Devendorf (bassist / guitarist).
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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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.''
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