Love to see “Song for Zula” on here. Probably my favorite song of the year.
Haven’t been that impressed with this or “Alien Days” but they’re decent.
I know they’re not trying to appease anyone, but I’d be immensely happy with an album filled with songs similar to “Weekend Wars”, “Congratulations”, “The Youth”, “The Handshake” etc etc. That’s where their strength is.
I’m sorry, but selling tickets to a show where, up until a while AFTER the show was supposed to start, people still think that it’s a normal show and then purposely not showing up and calling it “art” is douchebaggery to the nth level.
I do like their music, but I’ll be downloading it and not going to their shows. If you can’t treat your supporters with respect, they don’t deserve any either.
My NiN experience was always limited to Downward Spiral and The Slip, but I’m gonna have to listen to his stuff more (always liked Reznor’s collabs with Ross a little more). But this song is awesome.
Not to say that’s a bad thing per se.
I agree with the last part; the whole album struck me as something a vinyl-enthusiast would put on at an apartment party.
Pretty good, but not deserving of the hype it’s gotten (but albums rarely are). I do like the ‘new’ sound though. Funky as fuck.
And am I the only one who’s in love with “Doin’ in Right”? I think it’s one of the stronger songs on the album but all it seems to get is hate from the comments I’ve read here. It’s summer drive-with-the-windows-down at night music if I’ve ever heard it.
I read an interview where Matt said they’re considering putting out another record next year as they had 30-35 songs done/partially done. Wouldn’t be surprised if they did if that’s the case.
Listened to the whole thing straight through today on the ride over my Ma’s house. I’m absolutely floored. I’ve always liked The National and thought it couldn’t get much better than HV (which is great but definitely has ebbs and flows). I loved this one from beginning to end. The arrangements are perfect and while there’s not immediately obvious lyrical hooks, there were a couple times when I’d be listening and Matt would sing some line that just cut right through. Can’t wait to see them at Barclay’s in June and then at Bonnaroo a week later.
Looking forward to the album, but I’m not sold on the first song “Mosquito”. I’m not sure if it was the audio or that I just really didn’t like that song at all.