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Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers [Explicit]

Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers [Explicit]

2 Sep 2003
4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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In short, if you like Lou Reed's Berlin album, Replacements and Bill Hicks then this is the album for you. No happy songs, no optimistic songs, just pure despair, failed relationships and hatred. But, it's melodic and sung exactly as these types of songs should be sung. For the intrigued, depressed and recently divorced, press Play.
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This album resonates with resigned beauty captured by evocative music and articulated superbly by the deep rich voice of Matt Berninger. The songs tell of love and hate and that fine line that divides and joins our relationships. Despite the mostly bleak subject matter, there is something that is strangely uplifting about the album - almost life affirming, much as Willard Grant Conspiracy seem to have acheived with their musings on death on Regard the End. The alt-country-tinged "90-mile water wall" is at variance musically with the pounding drums, throbbing bass and screaming guitars and vocals of "Murder Me Rachael" but they convey their messages superbly.
The last track, "Lucky You" rounds off an excellent album probably best enjoyed alone, late on in the night in a mood-lit room with some fractured memories and a large glass of Macallan.........perhaps not for everyone then, but if that feeling has ever got to you, you'll enjoy this.
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The National's second album, 2003's Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers was where the band really started off in earnest, as their self-titled debut was pretty unremarkable. Within seconds of the first track, Cardinal Song, you're transported immediately into brooding, melancholic territory with Matt Berninger's voice centre stage over slowly unfolding music, as Berninger lays down his `rules of engagement': ("never tell the one you want that you do"). It drifts along pleasantly for 3 or 4 minutes, with hints of Red House Painters and American Music Club until the notes of a piano take the song to a different place entirely and a beautiful violin part takes over, darkening the song wonderfully.

The pace picks up with Slipping Husband, with a simple descending guitar part where Berninger sings with heavy regret, calling to mind the likes of Feargal McKee (Whipping Boy), yet with a `head full of attitude' as lines like "dear we better get a drink in you before you start to bore us" illustrate. The music is superb, the band play with just the right pace.

90-Mile Water Wall is gentler, with an acoustic guitar and fiddle. Berninger is particularly prominent on this album in comparison to later albums, his voice really owns many of these songs. There are some really great lyrics here: "how could your hair have the nerve to dance around like that". The first half of this album is as strong a set of songs as on any album by any band. It Never Happened has a similar feel, regret being the primary emotion as Berninger sings "we look younger than we feel and older than we are.
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I'd never heard of The National before being turned onto them by a like-minded friend; let's just say I owe him for the recommendation. Big time.
Because Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers is worth buying for Cardinal Song and 90 Mile Water Wall alone, with repeated listens revealing that nearly all the other songs on it are fantastic too.
There's a fire in these songs that burns with the ferocity of prime American Music Club, and the soul of Lambchop and Tindersticks. To make comparisons is a bit unfair though, because The National pull off the uncommon trick of wearing their influences proudly, but still sounding original. And despite the bleak lives painted in the lyrics the music on this album is full of eyes-skywards melodicism and quiet inventiveness. That this is sustained over the full length of the album is invigorating indeed, and they even manage to hit a peak over the last few tracks, a rare pleasure in my experience.
Matt Berninger's voice is beautifully suited to this material, and the playing and arrangements consistently match up with the moods conjured, with gorgeously woozy strings on several tracks.
If any of the above appeals, then get hold of this forthwith. Easily in the top ten new albums this year.
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The National released this CD in 2003 as their second album. It follows the same theme as their first release "The National" and has that now-familiar mellow, semi-melancholic tone of front-man Matt Berringer. I don't have a particular favourite track, the mix of mellow and fast rock makes for a great listen, especially for in the car.
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I liked this cd, it seems to be different each time it is played , which i like. The National are one of those groups which produce interesting music that hooks one quickly, and improves with each listen. I do prefer their latest, High Violet, which has some truelly brilliant tracks.
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Another great album by The National. Very listenable with some incredibly good tracks. I am a massive fan of The National and always will be!
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The National have a great back catalogue and to me this is their best album.
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