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NorthernSkylark
June 15th 2019


10083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

grabbed this on vinyl yesterday

i should've gotten SWB too

now there's a gap in there and it's driving me crazy

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Hopelust
June 20th 2019


3467 Comments


SO did i. Weird.

Quiet Light is one of the best tracks they've put out in years. Incredible.

Dylan620
June 20th 2019


5326 Comments


Seeing them in Portland tonight :D

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Dylan620
June 21st 2019


5326 Comments


So last night's show was killer, maybe not quite as transcendent from front-to-back as I would've hoped for a band of the National's caliber (though the best moments were absolutely jaw-dropping) but still a solid 8/10 concert and that's more than enough to earn my praises.

"The Pull of You" was the best song from this album in a live setting methinks. The passion during the "talk it out in a car with rain falling around us" part was felt throughout the rest of the song as well (culminating in Matt screaming the last verse), which I feel the studio version struggles with a bit.

Conversely "Quiet Light" is one of my top 2 favorite tracks on this album along with "Hairpin Turns" - the former was a relative flop live, and the latter didn't get played at all :/

dustandnations
June 22nd 2019


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How come Quiet Light fell flat ? Agree that it’s a stunner on here, but the live clips I heard a year ago when they started playing it didn’t sound too special.

DoofDoof
June 22nd 2019


8200 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Glad it was a good one Dyl



Sounds like you had a similar experience to me watching them support SWB - it wasn’t wall to wall bangers, a few newer songs fell short

Dylan620
June 22nd 2019


5326 Comments


@dustandnations: The strings in the last minute of the studio version of "Quiet Light" are a massive part of why I consider it an album highlight - they were absent live, and the guitar effects used to mimic the strings weren't enough to compensate imo.

@Doof: Yeah, the weaker songs live (relatively speaking ofc, nothing I'd rate below maybe a 2.5/5 at worst) were almost universally from the new album... and IAETF did saturate the setlist (10 out of 22 songs is a bit much imo, even for a tour in support of that album).

That being said - "The Pull of You," "Fake Empire," "Terrible Love," "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks," and others were phenomenal live. Might make a list later about the show

benkim
June 22nd 2019


3892 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've come to like really like Oblivions. Such an amazing track

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 24th 2019


5094 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely a grower. Not as good as their previous 3 albums, but kudos to them for expanding their sound

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anarchistfish
June 25th 2019


28305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow a national grower in my music scene smh



"I've come to like really like Oblivions. Such an amazing track"



still my soty

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2019


43738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

the enjambment in Mina's verses of Oblivions is so fucking tight and well done. Berninger is still the man

theBoneyKing
June 25th 2019


18833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

“Oblivions” one of the best yah, they should’ve used Mina more on the album

jmh886
June 30th 2019


2490 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

many of these tunes are kinda samey

BigHans
July 1st 2019


30927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just saw them in Chicago. The setlist was absolute trash (they played 11 songs off this), but it was redeemed in the end as Matt went into the crowd during Terrible Love, and was right next to me and my buddy, who got to sing into the microphone.

RadioSuicide
July 2nd 2019


1265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@BigHans you just geeked me out hard. I saw them in Chicago at Riot Fest in 2014. 90% of their set was from TWFM and I was bummed, but Matt ran out for Terrible Love and I hunted his ass down and mauled him as soon as he popped out. Finished the song and crowd surfed him back up. Shook forever after cuz they're my favorite band ever lmao

BigHans
July 2nd 2019


30927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol thats awesome dude, we had a similar experience.

CosmicPie
July 3rd 2019


2475 Comments


"90% of their set was from TWFM and I was bummed"

That's pretty much exactly what I'd want, haha.

RadioSuicide
July 5th 2019


1265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dont get me wrong it's an awesome album, just doesn't make for the most engaging setlist for normies like the friends that I was with haha. I'm weird in that I enjoy music much more if the people around me are enjoying it too.

RadioSuicide
July 5th 2019


1265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mr. November fucking WRECKED tho, one of my favorite songs I've ever seen played live.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
July 5th 2019


18768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didnt realize there were so many chicago people in this thread (:



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