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Old 10-12-2017, 03:27 AM   #331
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Really enjoyed tonight's show.

First, the bad:

-Matt's voice was totally shot and he didn't do any stage diving or anything. He screamed like a crazy person and hit his head with the mic a lot, so I guess that's something. We only go to these shows to watch Matt act like a crazy person, right? No?

-The setlist was disappointing, but that's on the Hollywood Bowl's curfew and cavalcade of opening acts. No surprises of any kind, but it was nice to hear Pink Rabbits since I missed the TWFM tour altogether (I would have preferred This Is The Last Time though).

The good:

-OH MY GOD THAT VERSION OF TERRIBLE LOVE HOLY SHIT I CAN'T EVEN DESCRIBE HOW GOOD IT WAS

-Day I Die needs to never leave the set. At least not for a long time. I don't care what you think about the studio version, it's so, so damn good live.

-I feel like Bryce had way more to do at this show than he did on the High Violet tour. He was shredding all over the place.

-As I said before, I missed the TWFM tour, so Don't Swallow the Cap being THAT good live was cool to hear. Not surprised they kept it around.

-They played I'll Still Destroy You in place of Empire Line, and I will take that tradeoff. The outro is a standout live moment, just as it's a standout studio moment.

-Walk It Back builds to something interesting and post-rock influenced live. Not really a fan of the studio take, but they have some good stuff going on with this version. I doubt it will last beyond this tour, so hear it while you can.

-Afraid of Everyone now has an outro with a thumping dance rhythm that I don't remember being present in 2010. I like it a lot.

-Nobody Else Will Be There and The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness have cemented themselves as all-time favorites. I am obsessed with those songs and they sounded good tonight.

-Fake Empire and About Today belong together. Such a good way to close out the main set.

I went to this show to hear their awesome new album and a handful of TWFM tracks that I missed from the last tour and I got all of that. No significant complaints. Part of me feels only a few tracks from Sleep Well Beast will make it to the next tour, it's a very difficult album to pull off in larger venues, but The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness and Day I Day seem like they could be live classics.
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Old 10-12-2017, 05:09 PM   #332
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I love the setlists they're playing. I'm going to two shows with my partner, so as long as I get Vanderlyle and This is the Last Time once each, I'll be pretty fucking happy. All the Wine would be a special treat.
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:38 PM   #333
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Ada is one of the songs of theirs left on my bucket list, along with Karen.
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Old 10-29-2017, 06:29 PM   #334
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They opened with Karen tonight! After opening with City Middle the other night.

Hilarious new video, this time for I'll Still Destroy You.

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Old 10-29-2017, 09:46 PM   #335
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That song in particular I'm really starting to dig. I love the lyrics, which seem to talk about vices like medication and alcohol, and also the desire to keep that 'upper' feeling going forever, which the video reflects (and probably opened my eyes to). The chorus has this lovely, uplifting, sun-bitten, drunken hazy quality to it. Holding onto the dying moments of a great night before it all comes crashing down, which is then reflected in the outro.
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Old 10-30-2017, 04:15 AM   #336
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I love I'll Still Destroy You. It took a while to really get going with me as well.

I'm finding myself losing engagement at Carin and Dark Side of the Gym - my mind tends to drift away from listening to those two songs. Not sure why, but it annoys me.
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Old 10-30-2017, 04:54 AM   #337
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I think the album could easily lose Guilty Party, and that maybe its presence accounts for that last-part-of-the-album drift (which I felt too to begin with).

It's grown on me substantially overall, and I think the clincher for me with Dark Side of The Gym in particular was that orchestral thing that worms its way into the last minute or so. It's becoming one of my favourites on the record. Along with Walk It Back.
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Old 10-30-2017, 06:08 AM   #338
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Nah, Guilty Party is absolutely top-notch. I've also come to really dig Turtleneck. I was putting too much stock in it before, great for what it is. My ratings are fluctuating every day, I can't bed them down at all haha.

It's a bit like AMSP... not that accessible, takes time for its pleasures to unfurl themselves.
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Old 10-30-2017, 06:43 AM   #339
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This one has more cohesion for mine, than Moon Shaped Pooh.

But yes, it's true that both take time to unfurl. In the National's case, stopping fretting overly about the lyrics is helping (by which I mean actually hearing/not-hearing them, in quite many cases; hearing what are the words he's saying on a line by line basis). Let's roll.

As for Guilty Party, it's alright, but nearly alone of the tracks here, it does feel a bit National-By-Numbers. Could have stuck it in the back end of something five years ago. But they're trying - relatively successfully - to loosen up the sound and vibe a bit on this particular record.
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Old 10-30-2017, 06:59 AM   #340
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On the other hand, I've gotten to really love the equally-traditionalist Carin At The Liquor Store, so take my words as early impressions.

I'm walking around like I was the one who found dead John Cheever
in the house of love


It's a bit of a late-album slowdance, puts me in mind of Pink Rabbits in that way, a little.
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Old 10-30-2017, 08:52 AM   #341
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You people stay away from Guilty Party. That buildup and outro are perfect, and it may well be my favorite song in the album.
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Love the John Cheever line, possibly my favorite on the album.

And Cobbler, I think the Moon Shaped Pool analogy is especially apt.
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Also the cheapest tickets for their Chicago shows are nearly $200 - steep. I'm guessing they will be back on a victory lap at some point, though.
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Cheapest tickets for the Philly show are currently $350.
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