I’m actually a recent convert to The National. I guess they’re another one of those bands that got a bad rap among the high and mighty music press. I usually make my mind up about these things and I will be the first to admit that with all the bands out there, I skip over some when I hear even just a handful of snarky remarks. My friend Erik made me listen to their new album, High Violet. They’ve joined the 4AD roster so I at least owed it a listen. I immediately heard stadium rock, and who doesn’t like an anthem now and then? At last year’s festival, I was pretty vocal about my disdain for crybaby indie pop; Grizzly Bear and Beirut were just not doing it for me. If I didn’t listen to The National and familiarize myself with their work, I may have been one of those high and mighties myself. The National are playing at the perfect time and on the smaller of the two Treasure Island Music Festival stages. I expect chills, and hopefully not just from the expected chilly evening temperatures!
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Wait, so if you hear random snarky comments you immediately write off a band? Are you some sort of sheep? Cry baby indie like beirut and grizzly bear? The national is like some horribly monotone version of bruce springsteen. get a clue.
I don’t need to explain myself to you. Read a whole sentence. I haven’t said anything mean nor directly offended you. Go be mean somewhere else, you aren’t welcome here. You are basically a bully, but you hide behind the internet. I bet you wouldn’t tell me to get a clue if you met or knew me.
I hope you have a nice weekend.
Interesting, I always thought of the National as a band that the critics were high on long before the public caught up. Certainly ‘Alligator’ and ‘Boxer’ both had glowing aggregate reviews from Metacritic.