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|The National Ranked Cylindrically|
don't worry, this hurts me as much as it hurts you...
These guys' Pablo Honey essentially, tho I would take this over Pablo Honey
Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers
A massive step-up from the debut, obviously very inspired. But the variety doesn't always hit the mark.. this album is the only one of theirs with songs I actually kinda dislike. The highs are splendid tho
Trouble Will Find Me
Don't get me wrong, I love this album to bits. This is just where it had to land. honestly when this came out I was kinda hoping it'd be something more like Sleep Well Beast.. but now that we have SWB i'm extra grateful this is a part of their discog.. their first step into a 'bigger' sound without freaking people out with a song like 'Walk it Back' (yet).
Quintessential. A number of their most classic tracks are on here, including Apartment Story, a top 5 song of all time for me. if i was forced to find a critique tho, it does get slightly homogeneous, and i'm really not a huge fan of Gospel. album hardly suffers for it tho
this was the album coming out when i first got into these guys.. memories. has the sweeping grandness of TWFM but while still kinda sounding like the band that made Boxer. i kinda gotta be in the right mood for Lemonworld, but every other track tears me apart.
My favorite album of all time until SWB came out
Sleep Well Beast
My new favorite album! I say that cheekily, but idk maybe it is. it's like the band was keeping tabs on some of the music i've been getting into the most lately and said "nah man. we gotchu." boy do they ever. i get that this album might be the band becoming unfamiliar to some, but for me it was the opposite. can't get enough.
|descriptions were written kinda hastily but they're prob around 90% accurate |
|dude nice to hear someone's really getting into SWB, i dig it too obviously but it didn't connect with me like alligator. give it some loving spins for me, cheers|
|oh of course man, there will be plenty of spins to go around! haha. i totally get that too, it's a very different sound from Alligator |
|Call yourself cylinder all you want, this list is a square.|
|Boxer is always gonna be their best, followed by the Virginia EP (well the three tracks anyone cares about anyway)|
|You haven't heard their future albums tho?|
|Nah, Boxer is just the quintessential The National album. Alligator is great but it still has some hangovers from the mid 2000s indie rock scene. Boxer is The National finding a voice all their own and everything they'll ever release will be dependent on the existence of Boxer.|
plus, there's not a single fucking note out of place on that album. Berninger's lyrics somehow simultaneously are the most relatable thing I've ever heard in a song, and also fucking destroy me.
cherry tree ep
sleep well beast
trouble will find me
|High Violet for me. Boxer is a (very x 10^5) close second for me tho.|