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I can’t believe you left off other songs that are not on this list. I am completely disappointed by how you are bound by the laws of mathematics to not include 25 songs on a list of 10 songs.
First, it’s too soon to tell where this will fall in some kind of The National album battle royal.
Second, your order could be true, depending on your particular taste, but that is because their other albums are so phenomenal and less because Trouble Will Find Me is in any way weak on it’s own.
Personally, I’m going to go on pretending that this is the only The National album, for a while, and resist the urge to compare it to anything they have done previously.
Dude… Just… Go listen to There’s Nothing Wrong With Love.
Exactly. I was initially like, “No way.” and then my my mind shuffled the order 5 or 6 times and settled on this one.
Oh good. I’m glad we are defending “The Weather”. I can forgive people for not warming up to it. It’s a romance and very unique in the Built to Spill catalog of songs. It would be like stumbling across a love letter that your dad wrote to your mom or something. But if you can get past that initial awkward feeling it’s a really great song.
Also, it’s great mix tape fodder for hitting on a babe. I think it was actually played at our wedding reception even.
This was an awful waste of an opportunity to coin the phrase “Mangumming their pants”.
Couldn’t they have played something cool? Maybe some Eagles “Hotel California” or something?
Awesome. Thank you for the scoop “stemsy”. It’s really a fantastic remix, and I’m sure it’s obvious that there was no insult intended to any members of the band. I just like placing people into boxes. It makes life easier.
It says “Grizzly Bear”, but I’m pretty sure I can tell which Grizzly Bear is responsible for this.
That was a really really good album. Give it a chance on a good sound system and his voice will comb your hair.
Yes, The Cardigans is the band. The Hives are a skin disease, so I’m still pretty confused.
What a creepy weirdo.
Yeah. It think we actually agree completely. Maybe you missed the “I Hate It”. This album is definitely not playing to Sam’s strong suit. But it’s not a horrible misstep like Kiss Eat Other Clean was. It’s actually an album I could see a non Iron & Wine fan picking up and really enjoying, someone that would listen to his old albums and hate the strum strum folky meandering lyrics and wish their was more saxophone. I don’t know these people personally, but I imagine I would not like them. And it’s sad that Sam would rather hang out with them now than with me. But more power to him. If that’s what he wants to be, heaven forbid I stand in his way. I’m just not going to be walking down the road with him.
The new Iron&Wine album is not that bad actually. It real nails the breezy jazz bubbled folk fusion sound it was obviously shooting for, and really proves that Sam is capable of dreaming up music in a different language other than whisper-folk. A true music genius.
I hate it.
What’s that? Sorry, I can’t hear you, I’m too busy listening to “90-Mile Water Wall” on repeat.
Chunk of Change is still SO GOOD.
Those were pretty much the lamest, most generic worst five comments ever on the internet. Step up your game trolls. You’re getting lazy.
I’m late to this party, but Mathew E. White totally beat Sam to the punch last year. Because the bearded Indie-Jazz fusion album was already perfected last year with BIG INNER. Sam is tops in terms of lyrics, but anyone wanting a taste of what Ghost on Ghost could be should really do some truffle hunting and check out Big Inner.
It’s not a bad list. I think your dismissive attitude and negativity is getting you your downvotes, but I have to agree with your base sentiment. Those first two albums are golden. And the songs you mention are truly some of their best. They have done great things since then; their song craft and sound has matured, sure, but you can’t deny the superior power and energy of their early work.
For example, I love how in your face the drums are on Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone. It’s like the band is a thousand feet tall and you have to strain to hear Leithauser singing to the clouds, because of the sound of the bands boots cracking the pavement ten feet away as you flee for your life. The first 10 times I heard the song “Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone” I was so fixated by the drums that I could hardly hear the rest of the song. It’s impossible that that song is played by a single drummer, but it is. It’s a beautiful, unique, powerful moment in music.
And “The Rat” is the quintessential effortlessly perfect rock song, but “Little House of Savages” has always been my favorite song off Bows & Arrows. The song is a beautiful woman that flirts with you from across the room for nearly two minutes before finally making their move, and then after 20 seconds of bliss it goes right back to playing hard to get. It’s perhaps the most exciting song I can think of at the moment.
SO MANY GOOD SONGS!
Out of context my comment makes me look like a much loved grammar Nazi.
I’m sad that this Das Racist song doesn’t actually exist.
It’s interesting how much that band photo looks like just about any classic photo of Pavement. The wheel turns and turns and turns.
James Murphy is your dad.
I really like this track. I don’t think I like the video all that much. :/
This reminds me a great deal of The Books only with vocals that are sampled from from old self help audio tapes.