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11-27-2010, 11:40 PM
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Best The National album?

I have their latest three CDs, and I can't get myself to pick the best album out of High Violet, Boxer and Alligator. They are all my favorite in their own way.

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11-28-2010, 12:21 AM
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I have never even tried listening to these guys.

Give me one song to help me get into them. Choose the song wisely.

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11-28-2010, 12:44 AM
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I have never even tried listening to these guys.

Give me one song to help me get into them. Choose the song wisely.
If one song is the only chance you ever give a band, you're probably going to miss out on a lot of good music.

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11-28-2010, 12:49 AM
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If one song is the only chance you ever give a band, you're probably going to miss out on a lot of good music.
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But I don't have enough time/interest in this particular band to seek out and listen to full albums

So if there is a song that kind of sums up the sound of the band in a good way then I'd love to hear it for interest's sake to get an idea of if I would like them.

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I don't think any one song could do this band justice.

I honestly couldn't pick a best album, but I think I'd narrow it down to Boxer and Alligator.

And I think Boxer would ultimately win, but it would be a helluva battle, and my mind would probably change every other day.

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favorite band of all-time. can't choose between alligator and boxer, i love them both too intensely. i think if i had two children i'd be able to pick a favorite between the two with greater ease. and if i had to give like a random person off the street one song to get into the national i guess i'd go with "apartment story".


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11-28-2010, 02:28 AM
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Hands down Alligator. And in HF fashion, "it's not even close." For me at least.

Cherry Tree is also worth more than 20 listens.

Not going to lie, Boxer was a disappointment for me. High Violet was a good follow-up after that dud.

Never got into the album "The National," but i liked Sad Songs..

The one song i'd recommend is the first one i've heard by them, where i stumbled on to an indie internet radio station playing this song in 2005. Disregard the picture... just a rouse.


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11-28-2010, 02:39 AM
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Alligator. By a ridiculous margin.

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11-28-2010, 04:12 AM
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Hands down Alligator. And in HF fashion, "it's not even close." For me at least.

Cherry Tree is also worth more than 20 listens.

Not going to lie, Boxer was a disappointment for me. High Violet was a good follow-up after that dud.

Never got into the album "The National," but i liked Sad Songs..

The one song i'd recommend is the first one i've heard by them, where i stumbled on to an indie internet radio station playing this song in 2005. Disregard the picture... just a rouse.
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Alligator. By a ridiculous margin.


Boxer is totally ****ing great. Amazingly great. So is Alligator, but they're still pretty much on par with each other.

Just checked RYM. They both are rated exactly 3.93 and have thousands of votes each. I mean. Just come on, the only thing that is ridiculous is that opinion! BOOM!

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1. Alligator

2. Boxer




3. High Violet








4. Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers

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I have never even tried listening to these guys.

Give me one song to help me get into them. Choose the song wisely.

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Love, love, love.

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Another ****ing awesome song.

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11-28-2010, 11:09 AM
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I have never even tried listening to these guys.

Give me one song to help me get into them. Choose the song wisely.
Here's my favorite song by that National. In my opinion, it's just absolutely beautiful (The whole 29 years part is just amazing). It's off the album Boxer. I'd also suggest listening to songs such as "Abel," "Mistaken For Strangers," "Squalor Victoria," and "Bloodbuzz Ohio" for songs that are a bit more upbeat (just to see a different side to the band).


As for the the question at hand. I just recently got Alligator and it is a great album ("City Middle" might be my favorite song off the album). However, I haven't given it enough listens to rate it as high as Boxer and High Violet just yet. Even though I consider High Violet the second best album of the year (After Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs"), I think I'd rate Boxer a little higher.

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Boxer is totally ****ing great. Amazingly great. So is Alligator, but they're still pretty much on par with each other.

Just checked RYM. They both are rated exactly 3.93 and have thousands of votes each. I mean. Just come on, the only thing that is ridiculous is that opinion! BOOM!
I know i'm completely serious. I did not like Boxer very much at all. Gave it about 40 listens to confirm that it really isn't all that great, good even. After Apartment Story, the 2nd half is a bore and completely forgettable. So i gave it a few more listens after High Violet came out, same thing. I got bored with it.

I know i'm not the only one with opinion. Its not even in my top 3 National Albums.

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11-28-2010, 08:12 PM
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Mistaken for Strangers is my favorite song by them. But I think I'm the only indie elitist who isn't that crazy about them as a whole.

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I think I'd rate them as such for now:

1- Alligator
2- Trouble Will Find Me
3- High Violet
4- Boxer
5- Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers

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They're all amazing to me for different reasons. Too hard to rank them but I'll try.

Boxer
Trouble Will Find Me
Alligator
High Violet
Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers

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never heard of them before and so far the song in this discussion has done little encourage me to listen to them more

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11-28-2013, 12:11 PM
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I like Boxers the best

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Alligator is easily my favorite.

Boxer is a close second, followed by Sad Songs. I liked High Violet and Trouble, but neither impressed me the same way as previous releases.

On a side note, another band worth checking out is The Walkmen.

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Boxer and Alligator are very close for me. I think I give the edge to Boxer.

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If you like singles then it's Boxer because the first half of that is amazing, if you like consistency then it's High Violet (every song imo is good on that album though I'm not a fan of the closer).

On Boxer, I'd say:
Fake Empire 4/4
Mistaken For Strangers 4/4
Brainy 4/4
Squalor Victoria 4/4
Green Gloves 4/4
Slow Show 4/4
Apartment Story 4/4
Start A War 3/4
Guest Room 2/4
Racing Like A Pro 2/4
Ada 3/4
Gospel 2/4

So it tales off in the end but really good in the first half. Overall, I like the sound that they captured on Boxer more so I'll go with that one. The new album is a disappointment imo....Humiliation, Sea of Love, Demons, and maybe Graceless or Don't Swallow The Cap are song good enough for me to put on my mp3 player.

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Mistaken for Strangers is my favorite song by them. But I think I'm the only indie elitist who isn't that crazy about them as a whole.
I'm not crazy about them either, but I probably respect them enough that I don't feel an urge to disagree whenever someone props them up (which I do for alot of bands).

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never heard of them before and so far the song in this discussion has done little encourage me to listen to them more
Your loss.

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