By wiffle ball legend
Whatever The National does turns to gold. One of the best bands the states have produced in the last twenty years.
I was at the Homecoming Festival
That May seems off topic but if we don’t attach something unique and personal to our review what’s the point. Besides Grammy winning album SWB is what’s done best and right in music right now. Content and form all executed with thorough care to hit home hard good and what’s more endlessly because SWB replay value is unchallenged at this point. If you had to try a preview give The System ... Total Darkness the lead single treatment it deserves.
This is the best album from an established band that I have heard since The Joshua Tree....
This most recent release wonder a Grammy for Best Alternative album! Truly fantastic, and I love the use of piano throughout the album. Great work!
Great to OK
My love for The National will survive their brief moment of depression, but compared to the last two releases, there's some punch and depth missing. We all love Matt's vocals and story telling through the band, but there is not enough diversity of story or melody. Carin from the Liquor Store is the best exception.
It’s there best yet IMO. I love every song.
Just passionless and reaching..It feels like they've peaked and looking for what the felt previously, and its not working..
They are in their stride
By J. Brash
Their songwriting is hitting their "Zen Zone" . You can tell their friendship,
workmanship, and self discovery is at its all time highest level. A real pleasure to hear their journey and the world is better place for the National in it!
love the band, but his album left me hollow. And not in the usual National way - even for them its just too plodding and lugubrious at times without drawing me in as previous albums did. Ssome of these songs are what Xanax listens to to fall asleep
The National is doing something few bands can do. So often, it seems, bands peak on a third or fourth album, but continue to make music in uninspired and self-parodying ways, and fans get diminishing returns. The National, with each new album, feels like they are just hitting their stride. I've tried to explain The National's sound to friends unfamiliar with them, and it's not easy, because they embrace opposing forces. Sleep Well Beast continues to bring songs which are tight, minimalist in some ways, but which feel full--- there is a lot of instrumentation, but nothing feels crowded or overdone. There is intense emotion and life in these songs, but they are never bombastic. Songs are sedating and agitating at the same time. But then that's the reflection of the psychic material in these pieces. Sleep Well Beast is simultaneously haunting and soothing, and it's one hell of an album. Well done, National, well done.