Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Trouble Will Find Me

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Trouble Will Find Me

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TROUBLE WILL FIND ME

The National (4AD, 2013)

The National's latest album, Trouble Will Find Me, is an unabashedly brilliant collection of 13 songs that could easily be the album of the year. Building upon the critical acclaim and popular success of their previous outing, High Violet, The National has perfected their sound and delved deeper into the complexities of songwriting. Strip these songs of their subtle overdubs, string arrangements, and perfect production and you still find thoughtful and well-constructed gems.

What makes their sound so memorable? Certainly the unobtrusive and seamless weaving of atmospheric guitar, driving bass, minimalist piano, and buried horns has its appeal. As do the baritone vocals of their pensive lead singer Matt Berninger. Perhaps even more noteworthy is the drumming of Bryan Devendorf, whose contribution to the success of these songs deserves an article in itself. In truth, however, the real allure of these songs is the amazing balance of these components with meaningful and thought-provoking lyrics. …

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