The National   I Am Easy to Find
3.8
excellent
Release Date: 2019
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4.5 superbYourDarkAffected | May 14th 19

Once again, Xenophanes goes out of his way to state how boring he thinks a record is, and no one cares

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0.0 SteakByrnes | March 5th 19

You're also easy to rate lmao 0/5 The National isn't music gottem

-Tyler.


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2.5 averageDoofy | May 14th 19

The awful combination of under developed, yet over embellished.

The melodies, especially the chorus melodies, are uniformly dull - have they run out of song
writing melody ideas? It would seem so.

Nice layering and a revolving cast of (oft ill-fitting?) female singers will do little to distract me in
the long term.

Disappointment of 2019.


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5.0 classicBrushedRed | March 5th 19

I keep passing by this album art in my music and I think its Painting With and that is not exactly helping with my expectations.

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0.0 Xenophanes STAFF | May 3rd 19

You could sit me in a room, for 100 years, with every instrument known to man and I still wouldn?t be able to come up with music as boring as what this band puts out.

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3.5 greatLucman | May 15th 19

It took me a couple of full listens to wrap my thoughts around this record and, aside from a few somewhat awkward experiments (bless them for even trying) I Am Easy To Find is yet another stunning record from these gentleman. It's a sprawling concept record filled with soulful vocals, tasteful electronics, and a dash of pop which is all too welcome in this point of their career. You can't say they aren't a band that keeps evolving and trying new things. This new direction is sure to be polarizing among longtime fans but give it a chance and that signature beauty will come through. It always does.

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4.0 excellentBenjamin Kuettel STAFF | May 15th 19

Like Trouble Will Find Me meets EL VY, The National pursue a much lighter direction with upbeat rhythms and a plethora of guest musicians, including numerous female vocalists. This new style magnifies the holes of light in the darker atmospheres of Boxer, Trouble..., and Sleep Well Beast, being just as sprawling as those while feeling breezier overall. I Am Easy to Find isn't quite as magnificent as The National's classics, but it's clear the band's music is still just as elegant and passionate with some rewarding new dimensions.

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2.0 poorToastSandwich1 | May 21st 19

Such a disappointment. No life to these songs at all. Even the decent ones (quiet voices, where is her head, rylan) are missing something ... is it the toning down of the drums?

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1.5 very poorRustCohle | May 16th 19

This is by far their worst album, an absolute snooze fest!

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1.5 very poorlobstah | May 15th 19

I don't think I can even listen to this a second time. Terrible and I am being kind with a 1.5

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0.0 Royl123 | April 17th 19

People that 5'd this already are just dick riders.

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2.5 averagededex | May 20th 19

No melodies, no drums, and these two characteristics are what made me adore The National in the first place. Not bad, but dull. Highlights: Quiet Light, Where Is Her Head, Rylan. 2.5

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4.5 superbAmericanFlagAsh | May 17th 19

It's not revolutionary or anything, but just a gorgeous collection of National songs... and I'm fine with it.

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4.2 excellentJared P. STAFF | May 17th 19

It's okay for me to really like this, for the haters. I am, in truth, a sad dad.

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1.0 awfulFiredust | May 15th 19

Never been so sure of my rating. Band is among the most overrated on here. Just when I thought they couldn't get any worse with Trouble, they release this turd. Xeno knows what's up.

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2.0 poorfogza | May 23rd 19

The National, when they hit their stride, used to sound intrinsically American (fair enough, I am
an outsider so maybe I'm wrong). They had sort of spirit of Kerouac, Salinger, Whitman about them.
They were smooth and raw at the same time. They were storytellers. They excelled at creating magic
with a few elements, like the mournful horn in Geese of Beverly Road. When something could be
potentially labelled excessive (like the ending of Fake Empire), it was so goddamned magical it
made you wet yourself. Everything was sharp - you could still hear this was rock and roll, updated
and backdated at the same time. Around High Violet (which was still pretty darn good), it was like
they were great cinematographers and camera men who started to rub vaseline on the lens. They
started dropping in more and more references like scenesters, and their sometimes awkward but
endearing lyrics became sometimes cringeworthy. They stopped telling stories. The music became a
soundtrack to... I dunno what. A few scenes with no dialogue. This is the end of the evolution.
It's bland. It's homogeneous. There are no moments. There is no magic.

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4.0 excellentChristopher Y. | May 19th 19

Let's face it, this is not the most engaging album by the band here, and I really hoped they will do another nocturnal, urgent sing-alongs like Terrible Love. But what stands out is the beauty crafted in this album is its beauty within it. The recruitment of numerous female vocalists and the use of lighter sounds makes this album their perhaps most elegant release, which fits how old the band are now (20 years and counting). I recommend multiple listenings instead of jumping towards the conclusion that this is a "snoozefest". In fact, it's more like a hypnotic beauty that is more like a collection of lullabies that self-reflects the band's past.

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0.0 former sputnik's home post-punk maester | May 14th 19

but Xeno, 100 years is the average length of a The National record

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