The National Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Baritone brooder Matt Berninger hangs out with two sets of brothers -- the Dessner guitarists and the Devendorf rhythm section -- and forms a band. Originally a fairly punky, snide proposition, they’ve become more inwardly anxious, using ornate ins...read more »
Baritone brooder Matt Berninger hangs out with two sets of brothers -- the Dessner guitarists and the Devendorf rhythm section -- and forms a band. Originally a fairly punky, snide proposition, they’ve become more inwardly anxious, using ornate instrumentation, pindrop production and the occasional Sufjan Stevens piano cameo to create records of immense detail. Post-punk men in suits they may be, but Berninger’s sharp lyrical self-flagellation has turned them into a band of modern-day anthem makers, able to turn sadness and sensitivity into a universal theme.
After a couple of non-starters The National released Alligator, a record of punk rock trepidation that showed off Matt Berninger's lyrical whims with shakier, more abrasive songwriting. Their sound immediately fleshed out via the lush, score-like arrangements of Aaron Dessner, whose vision drove them to create Boxer, a softer and altogether lovelier record. Since then their sound has grown more precise, retaining some of Berninger's unassailable energy amidst flurries of violin, piano and trombone. Think Coldplay with a sharper mind and a hungrier heart, and you've got Trouble Will Find Me. Having dabbled with electronics on their recent record of mumble-pop, Sleep Well Beast, they're starting to change their tack, but we're sure the next National record will be a pretty affair.
Similar to The National:
Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, The Shins, The War On Drugs, Band of Horses, Local Natives, Grizzly Bear, Spoon, The Decemberists, TV On The Radio, Frightened Rabbit, Broken Social Scene
Well, it's Boxer by the National, but live. In spite of album artwork that clearly indicates the band performing their music out at a respectable function hall, the original record was a studio undertaking. True. Now coloured in, that artwork makes true on its former lie because it's ...view item
Sixth studio album from critics’ favourite The National. Following the massive success of ‘High Violet’ and a string of festival headlining spots, ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ has got the music press and fans alike salivating. From the offset this sounds like a band that have honed the...view item
Half awake, the National stumble into a new record. It might sound delicate, at points, and long may they rage -- but the dense sound and pounding heart of previous records has been all but sublimated on ‘Sleep Well Beast’, a record of muttered sleeptalk and crooked, downbeat experiments. Who would’ve thought the National would...view item
Who the National are is anybody's guess, they've swooped over my radar and nestled in the international "mature" indie higher echelons with ease. They look like a bunch of old acid head dudes largely, if the unflinchingly stark portraits of them inside the sleeve are owt to go by. Musically, they play heavy-hearted anthemic American rock with so...view item
The Boxer LP (released on beggars Banquet) from The National finds the Ohio quartet, well on the way to perfecting their now trademark dour sound, on this their fourth
Although released in 2007 the LP more than hints at the sensationally, sombre, sound they would perfect by the time last years “Trouble Will ...view item
Remember that 'Day of the Dead' mammoth compilation thingy the National curated? Well 4AD have released a limited edition 12" vinyl of the four song 'Terrapin Station (Suite)' with folks from Grizzly Bear, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, TV on the Radio, Sonic Yout...view item
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