Alligator

The National - Alligator
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2005 Ratings: #90 / 367
User Score
Based on 277 ratings
2005 Ratings: #33
April 12, 2005 / Release Date
LP / Format
Beggars Banquet / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Sputnikmusic

There is nothing pretentious about the way Alligator reveals itself, nothing overbearing or confusing; it just slides by, always laughably good.

100
Uncut

It is Berninger’s fragile ego and his luxuriant words which dominate, though.

86
Coke Machine Glow

The National make music that is the sound of hanging out for too long in too many bars in Brooklyn, drinking and talking about all the bands that every really Mattered and trying to figure out how to place themselves in the discussion. 

80
AllMusic

The National may sound like a garage band turned down, but there's as much primal energy lurking behind Alligator as in any mop-topped group of city kids with bloodstained Danelectros in a dusty warehouse.

79
Pitchfork

Massed vocals and backing harmonies are two of the few things the National have added to their sound since their last album, and though Alligator is satisfying and engaging, it's not quite as bracing as their stellar sophomore outing, 2003's Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers

70
PopMatters

Musically, there’s a mix and match approach to much of Alligator that works quite well. The band excels at establishing a mood and then playing within the dynamics of the song to keep things constantly moving and fresh.

60
Rolling Stone

He spends the rest of this NYC band's third album rummaging among churning grooves and shambling New Wave rips, turning up depressed guitar poetry that's both elegantly wasted and kinda murky.

20
PopMatters

The material is repellant not because it presents an unsettling glimpse of life but because it is so clumsily and arrogantly executed.

Rob
100
An entirely flawless album to me. I found this album at the perfect time and it shaped my musical taste for years after.
miasdead
83
Amazing songs
dlspslb
78
Great
MiaWatterson
83
Amazing Songs
NR
Almost all songs are surprisingly moving, and sometimes even heartrending, embellished with high-quality indie rock.
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Track List

  1. Secret Meeting 
  2. Karen 
  3. Lit Up 
  4. Looking For Astronauts 
  5. Daughters of the Soho Riots 
  6. Baby, We'll Be Fine 
  7. Friend of Mine 
  8. Val Jester 
  9. All the Wine 
  10. Abel 
  11. The Geese of Beverly Road
  12. City Middle 
  13. Mr. November

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