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Old 08-15-2013, 09:35 PM   #466
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Well, he is an awful singer
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:56 PM   #467
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The biggest problem he has is that, as with most people with lower registers, he doesn't project well. Which means he spends much of his live performances trying to amp up the volume on his voice, which both lessens the texture of his baritone and wears his voice out so that his voice is mostly gone by two-thirds of the way through the concert. There are almost no good live versions of Mr. November vocally because his voice is usually shot by the time they play it in a typical set.

Watching the Graceless they played on Kimmel the other night is a particularly good example. Compare that to, say, the Graceless they did on the Barclays bootleg. He's just straining so much more on the latter because he's been fighting it for 16 or 17 songs at that point.

The funny thing is that both approaches, the tough but haunted baritone of the records and the exhausted, shattered baritone live both make sense with the songs. They're slightly different angles, but they're clearly the same narrator.
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:32 AM   #468
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The biggest problem he has is that, as with most people with lower registers, he doesn't project well. Which means he spends much of his live performances trying to amp up the volume on his voice, which both lessens the texture of his baritone and wears his voice out so that his voice is mostly gone by two-thirds of the way through the concert. There are almost no good live versions of Mr. November vocally because his voice is usually shot by the time they play it in a typical set.

Watching the Graceless they played on Kimmel the other night is a particularly good example. Compare that to, say, the Graceless they did on the Barclays bootleg. He's just straining so much more on the latter because he's been fighting it for 16 or 17 songs at that point.

The funny thing is that both approaches, the tough but haunted baritone of the records and the exhausted, shattered baritone live both make sense with the songs. They're slightly different angles, but they're clearly the same narrator.
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A couple songs about halfway through the bootleg I thought the vocals were intentional, until it got to somewhere about graceless. It does work, and I enjoy a song like pink rabbits more when it has a worn-out ragged vocal, the album just kind of sounds bored to me. But it's not so great that it's because he's beaten up his voice by that point in a set list.
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The intensity of the screaming can't be healthy for his voice either.
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The National - Don't Swallow The Cap (Live on 89.3 The Current) - YouTube
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They make it seem so effortless...
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:36 PM   #472
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The biggest problem he has is that, as with most people with lower registers, he doesn't project well. Which means he spends much of his live performances trying to amp up the volume on his voice, which both lessens the texture of his baritone and wears his voice out so that his voice is mostly gone by two-thirds of the way through the concert. There are almost no good live versions of Mr. November vocally because his voice is usually shot by the time they play it in a typical set.

Watching the Graceless they played on Kimmel the other night is a particularly good example. Compare that to, say, the Graceless they did on the Barclays bootleg. He's just straining so much more on the latter because he's been fighting it for 16 or 17 songs at that point.

The funny thing is that both approaches, the tough but haunted baritone of the records and the exhausted, shattered baritone live both make sense with the songs. They're slightly different angles, but they're clearly the same narrator.
I raised something along these lines a while back, based on my limited observations, and everyone said they noticed nothing of the sort, I was completely wrong, etc etc.
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I raised something along these lines a while back, based on my limited observations, and everyone said they noticed nothing of the sort, I was completely wrong, etc etc.
Right now it seems The National has done everyting right. They've made 4 fantastic albums in a row and have had just enough commercial success to sustain a career - without sacrificing their souls to become radio darlings (if that is possible with them).

They know their audience - and they seem to know how far they can stretch and still be true to who they are. If I were in a band - I would want to be exactly where they are - perfectly balancing their artistic integrity with semi-popular success. That being said - I hope they go away for awhile and "dream it all up again" for the next record.
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Oh I've no quibble with their integrity, I was only referring to the thing about Matt's vocals not really projecting in the live setting (which as noted by others isn't some awful failing of his, it's just the way it rolls).

I'm not sure that they will be around for that many more years though. The odd interviews leave the impression that it might be one more record and bye-bye, just based on how they're feeling themselves.
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I'm not sure that they will be around for that many more years though. The odd interviews leave the impression that it might be one more record and bye-bye, just based on how they're feeling themselves.
I would rather they quit at their peak than have a decade long decline. They've cemented their legacy.
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For sure.
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Someone pass along the Barclays bootleg to me so I can see for myself this ragged vocal of his
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I raised something along these lines a while back, based on my limited observations, and everyone said they noticed nothing of the sort, I was completely wrong, etc etc.
You said something about how Matt "wasn't there" live. My post, while nothing the vocal differences, quite clearly says that both his live voice and studio voice are quite effective at getting the songs across.
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I raised something along these lines a while back, based on my limited observations, and everyone said they noticed nothing of the sort, I was completely wrong, etc etc.
Eh? Read it again dude. I've acknowledged he has weaker vocal performances and that he has his ups and downs. Nobody told you "you were completely wrong".
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