DAMMIT, THE NATIONAL ARE ABOUT TO BUM ME OUT ONCE AGAIN

DAMMIT, THE NATIONAL ARE ABOUT TO BUM ME OUT ONCE AGAIN

Shane BarnhillSunday,14 April 2013

The Snap:

The National are due to release their new album, Trouble Will Find Me, on May 21st. The album will be the band’s first release in nearly three years, and will be paired with a new tour of the United States and Europe. While fans will have to wait until May to hear most of Trouble Will Find Me, two songs from the album — “Demons” and “Don’t Swallow The Cap” — are available on the group’s official YouTube channel.

The Download:

I have to admit, I have a love/hate relationship with The National. They’re one of a handful of bands that I might refer to as “my favorite” on any given night. But unlike a lot of acts, The National’s lyrics have so much depth, and express such painful, vivid memories, that I often find myself on the verge of tears in the middle of one song, only to start shouting out the powerful, hopeful lyrics of another song just minutes later.

So, listening to The National is a bit of an emotional roller coaster. But that’s a good thing. I’m not a terribly emotional person, and thus I appreciate the combination of songwriting and instrumentation that can evoke such responses.

It certainly sounds like Trouble Will Find Me will have the same effect, if “Demons” and “Don’t Swallow The Cap” prove to be typical tracks from the album. In “Demons,” singer Matt Berninger croaks, “I can’t fight it anymore / I’m going through an awkward phase… Oh, everyday I start so great / Then the sunlight dims” before sighing: “Fuck,” ahead of the final chorus. Berninger and his bandmates were obviously in a very reflective state when they chose those words and the musical notes to wrap around them.

Thus, it looks like Trouble Will Find Me will prove to more of what The National’s fans have always loved about the band: soulful music, deep lyrics, a tinge of sadness, and wild fluctuations in mood and tempo. I’ll be downloading the album as soon as I can, and then explaining to others that, “I’m fine… I just have something in my eye” shortly thereafter.

Hat Tips:

Rolling Stone, American Mary, Rap Genius, Song Meanings, Image Credit: Flickr

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