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Old 06-01-2013, 04:56 AM   #151
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Ha, I can hear the Mr. Brightside comparison. It's the cadence in the vocals I think.
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Old 06-01-2013, 04:59 AM   #152
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You'd struggle to find two songs that sound less alike.

High Violet easily for me too.
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:21 PM   #153
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You guys actually found a way to argue about that? Alligator by miles.
I second this.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:00 PM   #154
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The last four songs on this record turn me on in ways few recent albums have.

This album seems to be drawing some subtle criticism about their sound, and I am finding myself getting quite defensive.

Now I only think about Los Angeles when the sound kicks out...
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:07 PM   #155
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Pink Rabbits is a brilliant song. Matt once again shows his knack for taking a simple line and making it sound impossibly poignant: "you said this would be painless; it wasn't that at all."
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:30 PM   #156
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And that piano line. It almost sounds percussion-y, the way it's played, if that makes any sort of sense.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:42 PM   #157
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It does. Piano is a percussion instrument.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:10 PM   #158
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When I walk into a room I do not light it up. Fuck.




Probably my favorite line on the whole album. If there was something I was going to criticize with the album, I'd go with the lyrics overall. Too many words that rhyme with themselves, too many rhymes like the lyrics of graceless that just seem to rhyme for the sake of rhyming. I know 1) lots of songs are like this and I don't usually gripe about it and 2) it's hardly new, lots of lyrics from lots of songs on all their other albums rhyme. But none of them seem to call attention to themselves and stand out like they do on this album. Maybe it's the repetition as well--how many times is the fainting chair part repeated in pink rabbits, or the you should know me part in I should live in salt? I still wouldn't call this a terrible thing, it's just not as good as they've been in the past.
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For me this is the weakest album of theirs lyrically, debut excepted.
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I was all set to write an insanely long and sappy post about The National and the album and some bullshit about my life but am opting to spare everyone and just say that I'm still listening to this album and still loving it.
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I was all set to write an insanely long and sappy post about The National and the album and some bullshit about my life but am opting to spare everyone and just say that I'm still listening to this album and still loving it.
I really wish you would. I love reading those posts
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:06 AM   #162
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For me this is the weakest album of theirs lyrically, debut excepted.
I still have not listened to the debut.
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I think it is a much stronger album, both lyrically and musically, than High Violet.

And yes, Pink Rabbits is a beautiful song. The sequencing and the atmosphere created from it is so effortless in those final four or five tracks.
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I still like high violet the best. But trouble will find me is good and I've listened to it a bunch.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:08 AM   #165
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I think it is a much stronger album, both lyrically and musically, than High Violet.
I agree. I think the album flows beautifully and I like that the lyrics are a bit more focused than they were on the older albums. Matt did the word salad thing more on Alligator and Sad Songs and it made for lots of awesome quotes, but I think as entire pieces, most of the stories on this album really come together. High Violet was a transition of sorts into less abstract lyricism but the writing feels more colorful and personal to me on this one (and yes, there are plenty of standout lines too). All of the albums have good lyrics, but this one is up there for me.

Everyone picks out the "I do not light it up/fuck" line from Demons as a highlight, but the whole song really resonates with me. It almost hits too close to home. And when you realize that I Should Live in Salt is basically an apology from Matt to his brother for joining a band and having a life apart from him, it really cuts deep.
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