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The National

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The National make sturdy American music, the sort of stuff that's built out of solid songs, radio-ready hooks, and tasteful, efficient arrangements. The CD's earnest, straight-ahead material is often country-flavored, but it can also evoke '80's rock anthems. Matt Berninger sings of the heart's travails in a sensitive, manly way that recalls fellow romantics like Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen. He's equally adept at packing a slew of words into a single vocal phrase or milking a single word for dramatic effect. The guitar-bass-drums lineup is nicely abetted by the occasional piano line or synth flourish. There isn't room for surprise or eccentricity on this album; everything here is completely worked out and professionally crafted. But that's one reason this disc will appeal to people with a taste for well-made rock. --Fred Cisterna


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 3, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: July 3, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Brassland Records
  • ASIN: B00005NTHJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By MaryT on October 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
For various work-related reasons, people are always giving me their CDs to listen to. A coworker bugged me for months to listen to this CD, but it wasn't until I put it in my car's rotation that I had time to listen to it. That was last week, and I've been listening to it almost constantly ever since. I love the resonance of his voice, the lyrics are fresh and intelligent, the songs are all listenable and just fantastic. I can't say enough good about it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
On the strength of one song, "Son", I bought this CD. Since then, I've replayed that one along with "John's Stars" and "Pay for Me" a hundred times. Overall, the songs are polished but still show enough scratches and dents to have an interesting finish, moody but not morose. I did sometimes wish Matt Berninger would have ripped a Tom Waits howls now and then...some of the songs just begged for it. In the end, though, I'd recommend this CD to my favorite friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex Dicicco on April 26, 2011
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I have Sad Songs, Alligator, Boxer, and High Violet. I had put off getting this album and the Cherry Tree EP, just so I would have something to look forward to when I did eventually make the purchase.....Man, I wish I hadn't waited so long. This album is great. The first 6 songs are amazing straight through, if you haven't picked up this album or checked these guys out, you really need to. See them live if you ever have the opportunity. Great great band, great album. Catchy, beautiful guitar sounds, drums sound so crisp. Nothing bad to say here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Grey on October 27, 2013
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Ever hear a band that has been around for a while and think: "How have I not heard about these guys!" That's the case with The National. Imagine Leonard Cohen's love child forms a band, that's the sound of singer Matt Berninger, supported by a band that knows how to create just the right accompaniment to his haunting poetry. I bought their latest, then within a week bought the rest of their catalog. I just play them all on shuffle and they flow together seamlessly, carrying you along in every emotion under the sun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robin spann on January 8, 2014
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I fell in love with The National about 6 months ago. Listened to their latest 2 albums first, but this debut album is a great look at the early roots of one of the best modern bands out there.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PMK on January 16, 2009
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Don't get me wrong, Alligator and Boxer are excellent but this is The National's best album, in my opinion anyway. Openers don't get much better then "Beautiful Head" (okay maybe not better then "I'm trying to break your heart). If you've listened to Boxer, Alligator, or even sad songs.. you might be suprised about how different this one is. Self titled has a much countryisher sound to it then their later work, but the lyrics are obviously The National. From the upbeat twang of "Pay for me" to the absolute rawness of "29 years" and to the romantic feel of "watching you well", this album delivers on every single song, please buy.
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By Josh Doppelt on January 16, 2014
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I just started getting into The National and bought this CD, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, and High Violet. Of the three this is my least favorite. It is a little slower and drabber. Still dug it, and if your a fan of the band it is definitely worth a buy. However if you are just starting to listen to these guys I'd start with another album
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rex Mundi on July 10, 2013
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^^^^ Just one of many brilliant lines from this album. I didn't even discover this band until this year when the single for "Don't Swallow the Cap" came out. I loved the single and pre-ordered thew new album along with High Violet and just couldn't believe how much I fell in love with both albums. Since then I have bought every album and EP they have put out in a jumbled mixed up order. This one, the self-titled first album was the last one that I bought.
The reason for that little bio is to give some perspective into where I am personally coming from with this music. I tried to avoid reading much about the earlier albums before I purchased them but I did read that this one supposed to have "country sound" ummm what?
The song "Watching You Well" is a bit of an alt country ballad but to say the entire album is like that is misleading
There is a bit of a Stonesy sounding rocker in the music for "Pay For Me" but Matt Berninger's vocals/lyrics quickly make you forget about Stones sound.
For the record, this sounds nothing like their later work but that doesn't keep it from being one of my favorites. The interplay of guitar is there. The interesting drum parts are there, the sly inter-playing bass lines are there and oh yes, the deep voiced brilliant lyrics are all over it.
The mix is different from later releases and may be a little raw for some, I'm not even sure if raw is the right word, no it's not. It's not raw, it's just a little less warm than their later releases. Go to Spotify and listen to it first to see what I mean.
And while there may be elements missing here that are found on later records I would contend there are things on this album that are missing from later ones.
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