Yeah. This album isn’t very good...
Not the best The National album by a long shot.
Trying something new...
After about 4 months with this album, I have to admit at first I was very disappointed, but the songs eventually grew on me. It sill feels a little over produced, and I was use to the version of Rylan played live about 6-7 years ago. And I still think it's the best version. The new female vocals on this album feel unnecessary, but I can see that the band are trying something new and want to evolve. I'll try to evolve too, because The National are still my favorite band. Light Years is probably the best song on their album and sounds like classical National. It's worth the purchase just for that!
The National rewards fans by pushing boundaries
The reviews here tell you more about the fans than the band. The critical, “this isn’t the National,” “what’s with the duets,” reviews weren’t written by true fans. If you truly love an artist part of that relationship has to be following where they lead — cause it’s their craft. I’ve followed these guys for 14 years and feel privileged to be along for the ride wherever their muses take them. ❤️
If their goal was to create monotonous, pretentious, self-indulgence, then The National have hit it out of the park with this album. The tragic result of a brilliant, breakthrough band now high on their own supply. The trouble isn’t the extensive inclusion of guest artists or even the relative “disappearance of Matt” as some claim...it’s the complete absence of decent melodies and the band’s usually irresistible “hooks” (both lyrical and musical). The result is a rambling, repetitive blend of emo electronica and muted rock where being trendily experimental seems to have guided their entire creative process. So ironically, The National that we have grown to know and love are no longer Easy To Find at all.
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.