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The National

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Trouble Will Find Me, The National’s new album will be released on 4AD on May 20th & 21st. This is the sixth studio album for the Brooklyn band, and follows 2010’s critical and commercial success High Violet. The album is the most self-assured collection of songs produced by The National in its 14-year career. In an interview with UK’s UNCUT Magazine, front man Matt ... Read more in Amazon's The National Store

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  • 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: #44,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD. October 1, 2002
By MaryT
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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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a keeper February 11, 2002
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The National are amazing. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Too good 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good not great 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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5.0 out of 5 stars New favorite band 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A National Treasure! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars This one is totally worth picking up August 21, 2007
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My favorite National record is still the latest one (Boxer) but this record has more than a handful of classic National songs.

Anyone who is a fan of the band had best give this record the time it deserves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great tunes
The song "Pay for Me" was worth it all by itself. This band's catalog starts here. Four more words required.
Published 10 months ago by Jane E. Gavin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant lyrics and unforgettable music
Our daughter, who is in graduate school, introduced us to this group's music. We now want to go to a concert to see them in person. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Deborah Morse
5.0 out of 5 stars What are you for now that I have hard core?
^^^^ 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. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rex Mundi
3.0 out of 5 stars The National (first release)
Wow-- hard to believe this is the same group that put out "High Violet" and "Trouble Will Find Me" -- The songs on their s/t debut remind me of some alternative... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robert D. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars perfect
cd delivered even before estimated, in perfect conditions. and I like The National very much.
Published on October 8, 2010 by Eleonora
4.0 out of 5 stars Not their best, still really good
I already have Alligator, Boxer, and Sad Songs, And this is yet another great addition. I haven't had it very long yet, so some songs are still growing on me, typical of The... Read more
Published on July 8, 2007 by L. Riley
3.0 out of 5 stars An Honorable Lineage
Though they've grown exponentially over the last two releases, The National arrived fully-born on this debut. Read more
Published on June 27, 2005 by WrtnWrd
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