The National

The National - The National
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Based on 124 ratings
2001 Ratings: #121
July 3, 2001 / Release Date
LP / Format
Brassland Records / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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The cover art is weird isn't it?
Not a bad debut, but definitely a generic and somewhat bland one. I found myself a little bored as each song went on and on containing a very similar sound to the last. This album is no better than any other indie record I've heard from around the same time. The lyricism here is pretty vivid and well written though; that's really the only aspect that I can single-out and give praise towards. Because everything else about this album was just okay. A few songs had their moments though. Like ... read more
The National's debut album has a decent sound, but it really doesn't do anything for me. While I can't say I dislike it, I do feel like it's incredibly generic. I feel like I've heard this exact indie rock sound done on so many other albums and it's been done so much better. For the first couple of songs I was alright with it being the same sound I've heard hundreds of times beforehand, but as it went on it just became more and more of a chore it listen. By the end I was just bored out of my ... read more
The cover art is weird isn't it?
"Low" rating, but I must say a little thing: this album have some of their most interesting and enjoyable songs.

"Bitters & Absolut" is an alcoholic and funny wave.
"Son" has made me cry on the bus.
"Pay For Me" and "Cold Girl Fever" are delightful.

I mean, I don't lije the rest much, mas these 4 songs are pretty incredible and worth the rate.
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