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Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
July 13th 2018


40435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

as if Blank Slate wasn't played for the live album. fuckin insane

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RadicalEd
July 16th 2018


9297 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/the-national-boxer-live-in-brussels/



where do they find these terrible writers.

Digging: Ryo Fukui - Mellow Dream

AngryJohnny
July 18th 2018


777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pitchfork has an endless production line

RadicalEd
July 19th 2018


9297 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fake Empire live is bad now cuz Trump!!!

DoofDoof
July 19th 2018


253 Comments


Some of the drumming is a fair bit weaker sounding than the studio versions unfortunately - and for me this is almost a ‘drumming album’

I mean it’s now obvious why they don’t play ‘Brainy’ live too much (arguably one of their best songs? Top 20 at least) - it’s a studio tune

RadicalEd
July 19th 2018


9297 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I Kind of a agree that the drumming is a bit too low in the mix (squalor Victoria tho) but then again the brass-section is so much better in the live Version than on the Album and the Dessner guitars pack a bit more punch as well.



Also I have no Problem with a negative/luke-warm opinion on that live-Lp, but that P4K Review. Boy oh Boy.

DoofDoof
July 19th 2018


253 Comments


This is still good, but I’m starting to see why they’ve started writing different style drums - because the new material like ‘Day I Die’ had an incredible drum sound live

This has no punch. Brass and guitars are great though, and vocals not bad

DoofDoof
July 19th 2018


253 Comments


Harsh to say but the only keepers for me from it will be the tunes with little drumming - Green Gloves is great

Slow Show close to an abomination with this weedy drum sound for me

theBoneyKing
July 19th 2018


14931 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is about the last album I feel like I need a live version of, there's a spaceyness in the production that has always made it feel sort of live/in the room to me already.

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DoofDoof
July 19th 2018


253 Comments


So far only Green Gloves, Apartment Story and ‘Start a War’ have worked too well

DoofDoof
July 19th 2018


253 Comments


Conclusion:

1. Second half of the album is easier to play live
2. They focused most of their experimental ‘updating’ of the songs in the first half, esp (gah) experimenting with the drums

DoofDoof
July 19th 2018


253 Comments


Ok, second half is decent

3.5



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