These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: The National
Broken Base: The studio version of Graceless has divided the fan base between those who view it as a boring rendition of an excellent live tune, and those who view it as being just as effective on the album.
More infamously, the studio version of Terrible Love, which had distorted drums. Fans complained to the point where the band released an alternate version at the end of the year.
In regards to their discography, there exists a divide between fans regarding whether or not the band's change of sound following "Boxer" was a good thing or not.
Covered Up - Birdy's cover of Terrible Love gained significantly more traction than the original or alternate versions.
Although, this is in YMMV seeing as how many people are still aware that The National created it.
The instrumental arrangements are always incredible, especially on the later albums.
Dull Surprise: A criticism of their recorded material being Matt's dulled-down vocals compared to when he performs live. "Graceless" on Trouble Will Find Me is a particularly bad example; Matt lets loose and screams most of the lyrics live but rather boringly mutters them on the album itself.
Epic Riff: Basically every instrument in Fake Empire. From the piano to the horns.
Also, the beginning of "Mistaken For Strangers"
Face of the Band - Subverted. Every one of the band members get just as much publicity as the rest.
Magnum Opus: Each album from Alligator onward (including Boxer, High Violet and Trouble Will Find Me) is this in the eyes of a subset of fans. Although rivalry is downplayed somewhat though, fans of each album will offer numerous differing reasons on why their favorite one is the band's best work.
Mainstream Obscurity: Contender with Arcade Fire for the most triumphant example of the last decade.
They nearly sell out the Barclays Center, play on pretty much every tv show in existence, GET A FEATURE IN THE NY TIMES MAGAZINE... and still they are quite possibly the most famous band that absolutely nobody has heard of.