Let's talk about The National.
I think they're a great band. Yet, they seem to catch a lot of flak on here. Fantanto despises them, but p4k loves them, so I imagine that's partially why this board is divided by them.
I find their music immensely relatable and brilliant. Anybody care to share their thoughts?
I'd never seen anything on them besides their RYM scores. I listened to Boxer and the shit was incredibly boring. The instrumentals are so understated that I often forgot they were there, and while this stylistic choice would be great if they had a good vocalist, it doesn't work because he fucking sucks.
The man soiunds fucking drunk on every song he sings, it's like a shitty Leonard Cohen impression at a karaoke bar.
It's one of those albums that epitomizes everything bad about indie rock, pretentious lyrics, lifeless songs, and a general melancholy that isn't really justified. I fucking hated it all on my own, thanks.
Fair enough. Have you ever listened to Alligator? I think the tracks Secret Meeting, Looking For Astronauts, All The Wine, and Mr. November (especially this) are anything but dull, but I can understand not liking the vox.
The sort of understated mellow dreariness is something characteristic to the the whole thing they're going for I think. I don't mind that the instrumentals are pushed to the background, because for me they're a lyrics and vocals band. And I usually hate that sort of thing which goes to show how flawlessly the execute it.
Their sound really epitomizes the only-half-justifiable melancholy that comes with being a young awkward middle class 20-something white dude, which is probably why some people on here like them. Myself included. High Violet is in my top 10 of all time.
I love them. I can understand why they're too slow and dreary for some people, but it's perfect when I'm feeling, well, slow and dreary. And maybe drunk too.
In fact, it's great music to listen to when it's just you, a bottle or two of wine, and ghosts in your head.