No one stays the same. We all change. This new album is no less than that. And what a positive evolution with new perfectly matched vocal sound on top of the traditional alternative rhythm of the old. Congrats The National on the surprising and positive sounds and lyrics and your growth. You want old then listen to the past and excellent music you have shared with us. This new will undoubtedly appeal to more and those who look forward to the gifts you possess to further see the new ground you explore. Good job!
Another side of The National. Quieter, more sensitive and introspective, but still very much them. A nice change... Matt in touch with his feminine. Better than ever.
Thank You Uber
How have I not heard of The National before?? Nonetheless, I have my Uber driver to thank for introducing me to this incredible band because he was listening to this album and I just remember falling in love with “Not In Kansas” and so I had to search who sang that song immediately... which lead me here!
Missing the Point
Before you criticize the music, watch the short movie with the same name (I Am Easy To Find) by Mike Mills. The music supports that effort or was inspired by the same general idea of it...a woman's life. This album is more like a concept piece around that story. I think it is quite well done.
Is doing them a favor... what happened? Sleep well beast was great... this is not good.
Not their best
Favorite band, with a not-so-great album.
Why is Matt’s voice buried under all these back-up singers?? Makes no sense.
Credit to them for trying something a bit different. But I’m not digging it.
It’s a fair few steps behind Trouble Will Find Me, High Violet, or Boxer, which are all stellar 10/10 efforts in my view.
How many times can these ageing hipsters make the same album?
Oof. A concept album?
Love the band, but this album is ear trash. Will delete and pretend it never happened.
By Steph S.
The duets add a nice harmony.
My take on the first track, You Had Your Soul with You, as it is currently the only track available. I find it to be only "meh" at this point. I tend to gravitate to the darker side of The National, in terms of both lyrics and sound. This track sounds a bit like spillover from the EL VY project. I wasn't exactly overjoyed with that either. Here's hoping the rest of the album has more to offer.
*UPDATE* After reading the iTunes Review (which wasn't published when I first wrote my initial review), it caused me to approach this album with a very different mindset, and I definitely enjoy it more now. It's by no means their best, IMHO, but I am no longer so dissapointed. I do agree with the common sentiment that the abundance of female vocals is a surprising turn. BTW, It's perfectly ok to dislike an album, but it certainly doesn't make you a brain dead idiot as one reviewer suggests. Some people... SMH