The National- “Sleep Well Beast”

This is The National’s 7th studio album, and although the band continues to include many elements they have come to be known for (moody, soft spoken lyrics; complex drum patterns; detached, melodic guitar riffs) they attempt to push some of their own boundaries on this album and experiment with new effects. This album is definitely more experimental in the electronic realm, and on tracks like “I’ll Still Destroy You”, the introduction is completely digital instrumentation. The album at some points, like on the track “Turtleneck”, is also more aggressive than their last few albums. In some ways it seems to be taking a step back in their discography and paying homage to their 2nd studio album, “Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers”. The National has definitely worked to refine their sound without altering what made them so unique and likable. Overall this album is a great new addition to their discography.

Label: 4AD
Play: 2, 4, 9, 10, 11
FCC: 3
RIYL: The Antlers, U2, Bon Iver, Band of Horses

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