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The National Sleep Well Beast
The National have always played music about the sort of "everyday" man. It has proved to be successful over the course of a number of albums, but eventually something had to change in their sound to keep things from being stale. Sleep Well Beast is a refresher that revitalizes and also pushes The National forward. Things are still essentially the same (in a good way), but there's just enough new to mix in to keep things fresh. From the pristine production to the more electronic textures, it feels like the logical next step for the band, but also like it could compare to some of their best material. Thematically the album deals with the usual
The National Trouble Will Find Me
After releasing any number of albums considered as masterpieces, it would be easy for a band to sound tired and stale. This seemed entirely possible for The National. With the release of three fantastic albums, there loomed the question if they'd be able to put out equally great new material. Would it not only sound good, but also still feel fresh? Or would it feel like the band was just repeating themselves or be on autopilot? While the album does follow similar beats as their previous albums, Trouble Will Find Me manages to successfully continue The National's sound. It's got all the elements that The National are known for by now with the
The National High Violet
High Violet is a more atmospheric and subdued addition to The National's tales of adult despair. The songs are generally more slow-paced this time, but never to the band's detriment. The songs are still just as fine-tuned and intricate as ever for the band. Berninger sings in his signature croon about trying to stay in a relationship that is crumbling and falling apart. Breaking up, the internal anxieties and turmoil, it's all on display here. High Violet may appear seemingly plain and simple at first, but repeated listens will prove to show it's one big slow burn of an album full of subtleties and heartache.
The National Boxer
"Another uninnocent, elegant fall into the unmagnificent lives of adults." That line sums up not only this album, but also The National pretty well. Much like most of the band's discography, Boxer is a look at the average, ordinary, and unexciting events of adulthood. That may sound mundane, but oddly that's where The National strike the best at. It may be about the seemingly uneventful, but it's something we all experience eventually and can relate to. Going through day-to-day adult life things can be exciting and also downright stressful. We win some, we lose some, and at times we all want that escape from the monotony. Boxer reflects that
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