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Old 09-12-2011, 03:47 PM   #811
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Thirsty by The National - YouTube
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Matt's Matt. You either like the disaffected baritone or you don't.
This. He's one of the more unique frontmen I've come across, and while I found his approach uninspiring initially, his voice is extremely comforting to me now, a perfect complement to the band's sound.

Since my first experience with the band's discography was Boxer, the screaming from the first few albums did seem to come out of left field for me. Live is where it integrates itself into multiple songs, disregarding chronology, and it starts to make more sense for me in that context. When the band starts to rock the fuck out, Matt's go-to moves are a) alcohol consumption, b) stage dives, and c) screaming.
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:12 PM   #813
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his voice is ... a perfect complement to the band's sound
This just about sums it up. However you end up feeling about the guy's voice, Laz, there's no denying that it encapsulates the general tone of the instrumentation and the white collar malaise that's such a staple of his lyrics. Which is precisely why this band continues to resonate with me after playing them into the ground over the years.

Knowing your tastes, I think you'd find it very rewarding to dive straight in.
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Does it feel like a trial?
Does it trouble your mind the way you trouble mine?
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The thought of hearing "Thirsty," "Son," or "Exile/Vilify" in December has me salivating. Hell, by that point they might have added more debut and/or SSFDL tunes to the fold.
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My show was before they started opening with Runaway. Brainy was fucking boss as an opener.
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I want to see The National now. Thanks, Guys.
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Oooh! You have to go!
Hell yeah!!! It's only just been announced cos the gig isn't yet on the ticket site, yet the National's site has them going on sale tomorrow...
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My show was before they started opening with Runaway. Brainy was fucking boss as an opener.
Both of mine started with Runaway as well. As much as I love it, I felt that it was an odd choice. These recent setlists are fabulous, though.
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a) alcohol consumption
That's his response to basically everything that the band does, though.
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I just started singing a National song to myself and I couldn't figure out what it was. I had to go through an entire verse and chorus til I figured out it was "Runaway" Must have been a latent thing from seeing the name of it in the thread.
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Has Exile Vilify been played live much? If it took acoustic Vanderlyle's spot, I wouldn't complain. Could be a really beautiful closer.
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I remember watching a live performance of Mr November for the first time on You Tube and I was devastated at how forced his screaming seemed and felt that it had completely ruined one of the great choruses.

I've watched a few more live performances of Mr November since, and while I still resoundingly prefer his vocal on the studio version, it's not as much of an earsore as I first found it to be. It's growing on me, maybe I will eventually come to enjoy it.
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I think there is an important difference between some of Berninger's overenthusiastic vocal deliveries at a concert (such as the chorus for Mr.November) and intentional, visceral screamings that appear in Available, Slipping Husband or Abel. I can imagine the former can be off-putting for some, but the latter is one of the reasons why I consider The National to be one of the best bands, if not the best band to come out of the 2000s.
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I just finished listening to The Virginia EP, never did get around to that one. I loved the new material and everything, but oh shit this version of "About Today" is just brilliant.
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