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The National Vinyl, CD & tapes from 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 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.

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The National
Trouble Will Find Me

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 »

The National
Sleep Well Beast

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 »

The National
High Violet

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 National

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 studio release. 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 »

Day Of The Dead EP

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 »