The National Trouble Will Find Me
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benkim
October 23rd 2014


2189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fair enough bud but...

"Approaching The National in the way recommended to me - as a Radiohead-ish band - I found them to have almost none of
the attributes I like about band A, nor did any unexpected qualities jump out at me"

is a terrible way to go at it. Wipe the Radiohead comparison from your mind then listen to the band without any expectations and take what comes from the speakers for what it is. You are missing out, hope you'll see the light haha

benkim
October 23rd 2014


2189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also, the band in general is a real grower for many people!

SeaAnemone
October 23rd 2014


20970 Comments


*looks at poly's ratings and thinks "hey he might just not like the national based on his other likes"*

but if there's a band you really like to approach them as a parallel to, I would say... MBV, I guess?

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climactic
October 23rd 2014


19983 Comments


*looks at poly's ratings and thinks "hey he might just not like the national based on his other likes"*


idk i think almost anyone with a strong interest in music could at the very least appreciate these guys, theyre just incredibly good at what they do. probably 75% of what i listen to is metal/"extreme" music but these guys are easily top 5 bands for me

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SeaAnemone
October 23rd 2014


20970 Comments


yeah, the trend that caught my eye was just that there was so much ZaNyyyy~~ offTHEWALLL stuff there that is so intentionally ~randum~ or weird or whatever while the national is much more nuanced and monotone and requires a little more patience

Polyethylene
October 23rd 2014


3221 Comments


Liking Boxer more than anything else I've heard, but it might be the case this band just ain't for me

Sombre music for me also has to be eclectic and animated. That's why I love Radiohead, MBV, Neutral Milk Hotel, and R.E.M... but bands like American Football, The Smiths and The National just sorta bore me :/ sadness to me is much more beautiful and profound when it isn't rendered solely in grey. My loss I guess

NorthernSkylark
October 23rd 2014


4705 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the smiths is grey to you?

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Polyethylene
October 23rd 2014


3221 Comments


I like music that has an air of unpredictability and innovation to it, sue me

SeaAnemone
October 23rd 2014


20970 Comments


whateva, different strokes
at least your dislike of them makes some sense
and at least you tried

climactic
October 23rd 2014


19983 Comments


yep, patience is the word. [almost] nothing this band does is immediately awe-inspiring, their stuff takes time before you start appreciating the little string melodies in the background, the genius behind devendorf's simplistic drumming, etc etc.

benkim
October 23rd 2014


2189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow from his likes no surprise he doesn't dig this!

SeaAnemone
October 23rd 2014


20970 Comments


the national is like the opposite of mr. bungle, agreed

benkim
October 23rd 2014


2189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Funny thing is most of the bands you have listed here as your likes I've found to be really hard to get into! We are just different I guess, I respect that.

climactic
October 23rd 2014


19983 Comments


back on topic, what are the fans thoughts on this album's place within the rest of their discog after having a year to settle in?

SeaAnemone
October 23rd 2014


20970 Comments


handily superior to high violet
a little notch below the perfect alligator/boxer duo; but has its own personality beyond them

Polyethylene
October 23rd 2014


3221 Comments


I guess for me music is about strapping on my headphones and being transported somewhere fantastical and exotic, having sounds thrown at me that inspire awe. The National feels like walking down a country lane on an overcast day. Nice enough, but that's something I can do for real

if that makes any sense

benkim
October 23rd 2014


2189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha the Mr. Bungle comparison is just funny! There are really the complete opposites. Speaking of, I really should try and get into them again. It's been so many years. A lot has changed since.

NorthernSkylark
October 23rd 2014


4705 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it is in their top 4, i still prefer high violet and alligator to this and boxer but they're all pretty close

benkim
October 23rd 2014


2189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One year later, I say it is fourth best for me. As many people often complain, it lacks that driving track like Apartment story and I find that to be a tiny problem. The other three are perfect!

climactic
October 23rd 2014


19983 Comments


hm, i'd but this juuuuust below high violet, with alligator being above both and boxer being the best. i really cant rank
gator/HV/this, but this one has maybe 3 tracks i consider skippable whereas gator and HV have 1 or 2. and boxer of
course has none



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