The National
Trouble Will Find Me


5.0
classic

Review

by teddycutler1 USER (11 Reviews)
May 20th, 2013 | 52 replies | 2,857 views


Release Date: 05/20/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another set of illogically beautiful songs that pull the brain and heart in opposite, painstakingly crafted directions.

4 of 7 thought this review was well written

I have logic problems. Tonight I am grasping and failing at logical straws. Logic is missing me.

Trouble Will Find Me has befuddled me, sent me tumbling into seas of fogs of cloudy confusion. It's stunning you see, worthy (mostly) of every superlative I can weakly throw its way. And yet I'm not sure why.

None of it should work.

A band, any band, whatever band should not be able to get away with a sixth album of sounding exactly like themselves, exactly comfortable within themselves.

This isn't any album. This isn't whatever band.

I was all prepared to be disappointed by this. Logic told me that the cracks that had begun to appear in Berninger and friends' sturdy, stony-faced facade on High Violet should only have widened by now. Logic tells me, it shouts me down that one-paced misery can only carry you so far, that ill-fated attempts at the anthemic are the only coherent response to middle age that these displaced Ohians permanently on the awkward cusp of fame can muster.

Screw Logic.

Logic states that you shouldn't frontload an album. That following the almost unfairly gorgeous I Should Live In Salt with its teasing almost-chorus with the quintessentially brooding Demons with Don't Swallow The Cap which sounds almost exactly almost like every upper-tempo National song you've ever heard is a Bad Idea. Particularly when this triptych is juxtaposed with the meandering Fireproof.

Okay. Logic 1-0 The National.

What Logic can't do is explain how Heavenfaced does that curious thing to me that the best National songs do, when a combination of allusive/stupid (delete as appropriate) lyrics, orchestrally placed violins and Berninger's baritone makes me blink away tears whilst fighting the urge to jump with joyful abandon.

Have that, Logic.

Have Graceless, with the way it builds so unassumingly, taking its time with that typical verse-not quite chorus-verse structure before assuming the proportions of rolling thunder at around four minutes. Explain how in The National's hands the inimitably silly line, "There's a science to walking through windows" feels imbued with a lifetime's suffering and sadness and hardship.

I'll cede you some things, Logic. I'll agree with you that Trouble Will Find Me is probably two tracks too long, that the piano-led Pink Rabbits is a misstep, that The National sounding like Elton John is an unholy mistake possibly never worth repeating. I'd concur that Hard To Find is no Mr November nor Gospel, but it's no Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks either which is a good thing.

What we'll never agree on is the glory of Slipped which is the heart of the essence of exactly why this is the greatest band of Our Times.

You'll never understand the fact that these dour songs should by all rights bore me half to death but instead cure my loneliness with their confounding ability to uplift.

We're certainly not going to agree on a score. You'll point out, fairly enough, that this is a notch or two or three below Alligator and Boxer but appreciably better than High Violet and should be judged accordingly. You'll emphasise the faults, the length, the slow burners that fizzle and sputter when they should blaze.

Away with you, Logic. This is illogical perfection.



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fromtheinside
May 19th 2013



17714 Comments


what is your summary saying to me?

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fromtheinside
May 19th 2013



17714 Comments


this is a nice little stream of thought.

coocoocachoo
May 19th 2013



221 Comments


review is the equiv of the album

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 19th 2013



20636 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this review gave me a headache

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

cinaedus
May 19th 2013



26298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

andcas's ex-gf - andcas will pee on me

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Cygnatti
May 19th 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Lakie, if this isn't on spotify in the next few days imma 0.5/5 dis bitch. >:/

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cinaedus
May 19th 2013



26298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

>:/

conesmoke
May 19th 2013



5176 Comments


"these dour songs"

weird, fanboyish review.

Chortles
May 19th 2013



17908 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

>:/>:/>:/>:/>:/>:/>:/>:/>:/>:/>:/>:/>:/>:/>:/>:/>:/>:/>:/>:/ haha!!

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teddycutler1
May 19th 2013



8 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sorry. I'm crap at summaries. And reviews. Especially summaries.

tommygun
May 19th 2013



23582 Comments


prob sux

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Chortles
May 19th 2013



17908 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nah it rules luv u tho

tommygun
May 19th 2013



23582 Comments


ok will jam just 4 u :]

toxin.
May 19th 2013



12021 Comments


"if this isn't on spotify in the next few days imma 0.5/5 dis bitch"
you can't though sorry

tommy you don't like these guys either? nice

Chortles
May 19th 2013



17908 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

god damn toxin

toxin.
May 19th 2013



12021 Comments


they're not bad but boxer bored me a while back

tommygun
May 19th 2013



23582 Comments


i just don't really get the hype toxman but only jammed their shit a couple of times so yeah idk

Chortles
May 19th 2013



17908 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

then this will probably bore you too but i think i do prefer this to everything but alligator tbh

toxin.
May 19th 2013



12021 Comments


yeah basically [2] to what tommy said. i'll check this one out tho eventually when i have time to kill, i want to give it my full attention since lyrics and stuff seem important

cinaedus
May 19th 2013



26298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

gd fck u guys



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