I Am Easy to Find

The National - I Am Easy to Find
Critic Score
Based on 42 reviews
2019 Ratings: #216 / 790
Year End Rank: #33
User Score
Based on 767 ratings
2019 Ratings: #419
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny
The indie stalwarts' eighth full-length is a thrillingly ambitious, deeply collaborative game-changer.
100
A.V. Club
The National’s never been afraid to dial things down, but it’s rarely sounded as vulnerable as it does here—song after song, Dessner’s vibrant, moody arrangements serve to reflect Berninger’s precarious balance of hope and frustration.
95
Northern Transmissions

‘I Am Easy To Find’ is the sound of The National at their creative peak, with little sign to indicate they’re due to plateau anytime soon.

90
The Line of Best Fit

The nature of the project is in a way their own noble experiment, ultimately finding them at their boldest and most assured to date.

90
Paste

As has been the case upon nearly every release since Alligator, The National have put out another album that could easily be argued as their best—and it may be easier to make that claim now than ever before.

90
Spill Magazine

I Am Easy To Find is the sound of a band growing and expanding, taking a new direction to their music while retaining their essence.

90
Exclaim!

I Am Easy to Find feels like a restart for a band in its 20th year. It might challenge some fans and may not ever grow on others, but more than anything, it proves that the National are not the band you thought they were. They're way more than that.

85
Earmilk

A 16-track album assembled like a film- a culmination of their signature sounds and more recent electronic experiments.

85
Under The Radar

I Am Easy to Find is a National album like no other.

82
Sputnikmusic

Far from a downer ... I Am Easy To Find crackles with energy. This army of collaborators and Mike Mills’ oddball editing habits seem to have revitalized the band’s willingness to stretch themselves far more than the curated, self-conscious shifts of Sleep Well Beast.

80
PopMatters

The National's eighth album is not as easy to locate or to live with, as its title suggests, but it contains passages of sublime beauty and grace.

80
American Songwriter

The National prove with I Am Easy To Find that they don’t need the old bang and clatter to achieve their signature melancholic glory.

80
Loud and Quiet

I Am Easy To Find ... sees the band paring their style down while simultaneously further exploring the grand, sacral sounds that have long lurked in their strings.

80
The Guardian
It’s an album you can come away from unable to hum a single bar, but so captivating you want to return to it immediately.
80
No Ripcord

I Am Easy To Find resembles a closing-down sale, with ideas being thrown around whether they fit or not—even the inclusion of Rylan (first recorded during the High Violet sessions) comes across as a knowing nod.

80
Slant Magazine

The National’s widest-ranging and most surprising effort to date.

80
Rolling Stone
Like the short movie, it doesn’t offer any morals or profound truths. Just beauty, and an invitation to savor it while you can.
80
DIY

There’s plenty here to push The National’s sound forwards and stave off stagnation.

80
NME
‘I Am Easy To Find’ is not a hit parade. It’s not a background record. It’s not something for cherry-pick streaming. It’s bigger than that. It’s The National opening up their world to everyone, and you should probably join them.
80
Clash

With new voices, new avenues of exploration and new lyrical viewpoints, The National, alongside producer-director Mike Mills, once again show their ability to reinvent themselves to produce something that is more than just an album.

80
FLOOD Magazine

With I Am Easy to Find, they stray outside the boundaries of anything they’ve done before.

76
Pitchfork

With a cast of female vocalists guiding and redirecting the songs, the National’s eighth album is their largest, longest, and most daring.

70
musicOMH

With its 16 tracks clocking in at 63 minutes, it’s the band’s longest album to date and, despite a smattering of classy highlights, it feels laboured and cumbersome.

70
Spectrum Culture

Bolstered by the strongest back half The National have ever recorded, I Am Easy to Find is a much-needed rejoinder to the idea that the band has rested on their laurels, not a return to form but an indication that they are still open to exploring new ideas.

70
AllMusic

I Am Easy to Find has loose ends and picturesque detours in addition to a revolving cast of characters and a suggestion of mess that give the album an appealingly unkempt sense of humanity.

68
GIGsoup

After two decades, the ever-impressive Ohioans open their doors to allow a new perspective to take centre stage. The results are mixed but when they are good, they are rather great.

67
Consequence of Sound

The National had an incredible streak of great albums throughout the 2000s that propelled them to their current status as one of the biggest indie rock bands, and I Am Easy to Find is another solid addition to their catalog, even if it breaks that streak.

60
The Independent

I Am Easy to Find feels like an old friend you’re pleased to keep around – even if, had you been introduced today, you wonder if you’d have been compelled to make the effort.

60
The Telegraph

This is bold, weird, beautiful stuff, but the listener has their work cut out getting to it. Ironically, the core of I Am Easy to Find is not particularly easy to find. At all.

40
Dork

While it’s not a bad album, it is a dull and boring affair for them with the album lacking any real charisma.

40
The Needle Drop

I Am Easy to Find returns to the dullness of The National's early 2010s output.

40
The 405
Perhaps it was the ostentatious recording cycle, but this is The National playing at being The National, starting with skeletal rubrics of what they “should” sound like, and not bothering to go much further. They’ve been many things, but never complacently dull.
amygoodall
75

good
y'all just lame

usedtobe
95

"And I will not come back the same."

A career spanning two decades and seven records in, the eight studio record from indie rock stars could be intimidating at first glance, clocking at 63 minutes and their longest record to date with a plethora of fine female vocalists, this new one could be one of their boldest, sweeping work to date. The inclusion of shifting perspectives and voices with the presence of Carin Besser, Berninger's writing partner and wife is keenly embedded ... read more

ElectricMess
70

leave it to The National to lead with an upbeat single and then absolutely crush you with the full album

I Am Easy to Find is far and away the most ambitious National album to date. I don't just mean that in regards to its length, as it is easily one of the more adventurous sonically. When I heard that the record would be utilizing female vocalists, I figured that meant a handful of duets, but no, literally every song features them. This makes for a record that manages to be a nice change of ... read more

dreafruitt
78

Wow what a weird listen.
Now imma get this out of the way, this is probably the worst National album in more than a decade but I do see what they try to do on this album. This album is grander in scope and orchestral production, more atmospheric with moody arrangements on pianos and strings and the female vocalists add a sort of elegance to the album. But this album falls flat in its mediocre songwriting, lack of conept or direction and just far too much filler.
Now whether this is a ... read more

40

FAV TRACKS: YOU HAD YOUR SOUL WITH YOU, QUIET LIGHT, RYLAN, LIGHT YEARS
LEAST FAV TRACK: OBLIVIONS

The most boring National album in some time.

Korzaski
87

still don't understand the "low" rating. this album is super overlooked in terms of it's rating, in my opinion.

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Added on: March 5, 2019