Though it was released mere months before KT Tunstall’s Brit-country classic ‘Black Horse And The Cherry Tree’, this 2004 EP from The National is ostensibly an unrelated work. Mind you, we reckon ol’ KT would go for a bit of the group's spit-and-sawdust balladry, so who’s to say? The group were several years off being the arena-bothering band they are now, something which explains the more modest sound of the recordings here. Quite a few of the tracks are not dissimilar to what Nick Cave was doing around the same time.
Say what you like about The National, but they sure do know how to market themselves. This is no surprise, really - singer Matt Berninger worked in advertising during the ‘90s boom in NYC before quitting to pursue The National full-time. As such, he probably knew that calling the group’s sophomore LP Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers was a shrewd move. It also set up The National’s audience nicely for the huge successes of the band’s subsequent full-lengths. Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers is the first of The National’s albums to be produced Peter Katis and feature Bryce Dessner on various instruments.
Here is a re-issue of the debut LP from widescreen Aussies the Temper Trap. The album first showcased the soaring falsetto voice of singer Dougy Mandagi which glides across the atmospheric arena rock and places the band somewhere between Radiohead and U2. White/blue/black splatter vinyl re-issue
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