'Cherry Tree', The National's 3rd album begins with the beautiful 'Wasp Nest', without doubt the best of the 7 tracks here. It's simplicity with just bells for percussion and Berninger's deep baritone voice make this mini-album worth buying just for the one track. 'All the Wine' is also great, used again on their new album 'Alligator'. The remaining tracks are decent especially 'About Today', another beautiful track, and 'I don't mind' as well. A live version of 'Murder Me Rachael' from their previous album makes up the numbers, and i think is used to add some life to the record however it seems out of place. Overall definitely worth buying, and give it time - repeated listens......their debut and 'Alligator' which followed this are their best work.
This EP is fantastic, any National fan should love it. It has some fantastic songs on including About Today from the soundtrack of Warrior. I'd definitely recommend it. I think it was described by critics as "Like a Battered but Beautifully Butch Butterfly." Which despite being a terrible simile does kind of some up this EP.
If you've got BOxer or High Violet or Alligator from the National then this a must. Great little ep. Btw, if you Haven't got the aforesaid, then what are you waiting for???? This is a hidden gem from a great band - a must-listen.
This EP by the National, released between their 2nd and 3rd full-length albums, has a real intensity; all of the songs are magnificently crafted, and deliver a huge punch. The song arrangements are in the main simple - in Wasp Nest, All Dolled Up In Straps and About Today, Matt Berninger's beautiful yet haunting vocals really stand out. Cherry Tree is fantastic for the build-up of energy, whilst I had already heard All The Wine from their ensuing album. The last two songs unfortunately didn't really do it for me - the live version of Murder Me Rachel seems, as commented the previous reviewer, out of place, while Reasonable Man just seemed to lack quality in my eyes. However I'm giving the EP a five star review on the strength of the first 5 songs.
First bought, trouble will find me,just from liking the album cover.never heard a note of theirs before. After that i bought all their music and cherry tree, is my favourite. So sutble, deep, gentle, moving,haunting and complete. the production on this album seems to be the sonic picture that fits this band perfectly. they've found their voice,so to speak. lucky....... It's all very well writing songs that chime within the bands members, but if the recording of those songs doesn't chime, then you've got a wreak. this is sublime.
I heard about 'the national' after hearing a song on a film called warrior (very good film). So bought the album. The album is abit gloomy and what some might call depressing. However in my opinion its because the songs have been written about love with lots of emotion so that comes over in the song. Id say listen to 'about today' and 'all dolled up' and if you like them then give it a go!!!