Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Not as awful as High VIolet but no Boxer either...

I reviewed the new National a couple of days ago for Blurt, enjoying it but wishing it were more than it is.

First Look: The National’s “Trouble Will Find Me

More songs about mid-life crises and food: “done this well, even dad rock has its charms,” writes our reviewer, awarding 3 (out of 5) stars. Out this week, on venerable label 4AD. Watch a video, below.


Trouble Will Find Me has a smooth, cool finish, polished like a stone in the bottom of a river until all the weird stuff has been worn away. Other people may throw around terms like “mature,” “assured” and “restrained,” but I’m leaning towards the idea of chamois-cloth erosion, a process of spitting and rubbing and polishing until you can see your reflection in the surface, until it’s hardly a rock at all anymore.


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