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Old 06-07-2017, 05:38 AM   #151
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Man it was silly to sleep on Sad Songs for so long. Great album. Why don't they play Murder Me Rachel live anymore. That song fucking cooks.
Out of the rocking tunes on that album, I think it's the weakest one. Available is a classic and Slipping Husband has always been a personal favorite of mine. It's still pretty good of course.

Cardinal Song is probably on my The National rushmore.
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Old 06-07-2017, 05:56 AM   #152
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Jameson on the rocks + Alligator after a really good day is just the best
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Old 06-07-2017, 09:02 AM   #153
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There's also a moment in The National's career when Matt's voice changes. On Sad Songs and Alligator it's got this really cool sort of frailty to it... I'm not well versed in musical terminology but he just sounds a bit younger (duh), it sounds a little more weak, like it really befits the music and the smaller profile of the band. It sounds warm and inviting, like it's recorded really close to the mic so you can hear all the little imperfections. I'm not really sure how to describe it well, does anyone know what I'm talking about? By Boxer his voice is more polished. I think there's no doubt his voice is stronger now, but I'm glad that we have documents of his earlier vocals.
I believe in music terminology he was throat singing on the earlier albums.
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Old 06-07-2017, 03:10 PM   #154
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"The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" - The National
"The Homeless Wanderer" - Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou
"Airsick" - Laurel Halo
"Biloxi" - Hiss Golden Messenger
"Fertilized" - Mouse on Mars, Cavern of Anti-Matter
"First We Take Manhattan" - Leonard Cohen
"Lime Habit" - POLICA
"La Poule [Remix]" - Hauschka
"Francis Foever" - Mitski
"That's the Way the World Goes Round" - John Prine
"Nizzagh Ijbal" - Tinariwen
"John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Man" - The Carter Family
"Muudo Hormo" - Baaba Maal, Mansour Seck
"Bashed Out" - This Is the Kit
"I Have Been to the Mountain" - Kevin Morby
"Gold Soundz" - Pavement
"Sinnerman" - Nina Simone
"Lichter" - Mouse on Mars
"Lust for Life" - Iggy Pop
"Houdini Crush" - Buke & Gase
"Medulla Oblongata" - Buke & Gase
"Terrapin Station (Suite)" - Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear
"Section 5" - Bryce Dessner, So Percussion
"Boots of Spanish Leather" - Bob Dylan
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Dalton is Mexican?
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Old 06-09-2017, 07:53 PM   #157
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I only recently picked up Sad Songs. I have no idea why I refrained from it for so long. I'd always assumed that it was so detached in quality from their exceptional successive output that there was never an urgency to listen to it (kinda like Pablo Honey for Radiohead), but it sits quite sensibly preceding Alligator. I really enjoy Thirsty and Trophy Wife, and Murder Me Rachael is a wicked rocker.
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Yeah, I had the same reasoning.

Can anyone confirm / deny if the self-titled debut is worth it?
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It isn't. It's boring and lacks standouts. There's an ill-advised alt-country feel to it that dates it a bit too. The only really interesting song is 29 Years for its Slow Show connection. American Mary is pretty cool too.
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Yeah, boring seems accurate. There are a few tracks that are pleasant enough but really nothing on it sounds like The National.
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The new songs sounded interesting on Pitchfork Live yesterday. Too bad the mix was so shitty.

Not as big of a departure from previous material as interviews hinted at.
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I gotta be honest, my initial reaction to that new track was a complete and utter 'meh' (not helped by the fact that IT'S COMING OUT FOUR MONTHS FROM NOW). But after giving that Pitchfork concert/whatever a few spins, this shit is growing on me significantly.

This is a good sign.
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It's nice, it feels like it could fit on High Violet. Reminds me of "England" a little bit.
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Old 06-29-2017, 05:08 AM   #165
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It's way better than England. That's one of their most overrated songs for me.

This album is going to be good.
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