I have a fairly catholic taste in music, liking anything from Dean Martin to Drake, but my Spotify and Apple Music libraries have several firm favourites – The 1975, REM, Bruce Springsteen and, recently, The National.
The final group has, I admit, reached a point of obsession in that I’ve downloaded all their albums, and bought them all now on CD.
Lyrically and musically, this band, formed in New York in 1999, are superb. It’s hard to pigeon-hole their style: rock, folk rock, lo-fi and their tracks combine elements of Springsteen and REM.
They’ve only produced 8 albums in 21 years and 2 EPs, but, in my opinion, all are masterpieces and their producer is in the spotlight for the new Taylor Swift album, “Folklore”, which, I’m not ashamed to admit, is excellent too, particularity Exile with Bon Iver.
“Folklore” has apparently led to increased listens of The National and I’m delighted that their work is coming to a wider audience, even though they’re globally renowned.
The 8 albums (in order of release) are:
- The National
- Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers
- High Violet
- Trouble Will Find Me
- Sleep Well Beast
- I Am Easy to Find
I’d recommend listening to all eight – though High Violet is my go-to disc and download at the moment – “Bloodbuzz Ohio” (sublimely covered by Northern Irish artiste, SOAK) and “England” are perfect tracks.
I listen to their albums when driving to meetings, to Norwich or on staycations. I play them through headphones and HomePods and Sonos.
My wife finds their music enjoyable, though James and Ruby hate them.
Quiet Light is a beautiful song.
For me, they are associated with happy times – finding them 4 years ago coincided with the birth of this business. I find their music to be uplifting, affirmative and associated with career growth as a freelance copywriter and web designer – I hope that doesn’t make me sound like an arse!
I’ve just invested in a Sonos Five and Denon CD player to listen to them in the Get Pro Copy home office.
They’re an exceptional band – who now rank along Springsteen with me.
If you’ve not listened to The National, you should.
Here’s a playlist to try.