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An absolutely stunning masterpiece!,
This review is from: Alligator (Audio CD)
I first heard the National when they supported the Editors at their Brixton Academy gig last week. I must admit I was kind of taken aback (not expecting too much) to hear some fantastic songs with beautifully orchestrated melodies. The inclusion of a violin in some of the songs worked very well and blended in perfectly. To be honest, I'd pretty much decided to buy Alligator as soon as I'd heard three of four of their tracks. It was probably the best music decision I've made!
I think I can safely say that this is the best album I have bought in years. The style is quite unlike anything I have heard before - I suppose the National would fall into the indie rock genre but they set themselves apart from many of the other indie rock groups with rich, lush orchestration, deep soulful baritone vocals, and some dark, moody, but not necessarily depressing lyrics. At a push the Nationals closest neighbours are probably the Arcade Fire, but their vocals aren't as varied - unlike the Arcade Fire they seem to rely on the one lead singer. This actually works well because the lead singers voice seems to combine perfectly with the rich sound of the music.
At the moment I cannot stop listening to this album - I'll probably get the Nationals first two albums as well. My favourite tracks are Secret Meeting, Looking for Astronauts, Abel and the stand-out final track Mr November. To be honest all the tracks are great and make this album one worth listening to from start to finish. Top notch!