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September 1, 2010

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The National are serious, they write personal, literate songs, with relatable anxiety and reflection. And singer Matt Berninger’s voice is like “chocolate and wool” (sadly, I can’t take credit for that ), comforting yet overwhelmed.

The characters in National songs have real jobs, have uninteresting sex, get drunk, and lie to one another. They do so during the regular course of a workaday week, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays…music chiefly interested in the complications of being a stable person expected to own certain things and dress certain ways. On the National’s fifth album, High Violet, those constraints are starting to wear on them, which makes a lot of sense: they wear on most people.

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