The National
Trouble Will Find Me

Released: 20th May 2013
Label: 4AD

The words ‘consistently brilliant’ are words that are quite frequently thrown around when discussing bands, however, I don’t think there is any band more worthy of these words than The National. Since 2001 The National have been releasing albums that have always achieved critical acclaim across the board. Their previous album ‘High Violet’ in 2010 started to see the band achieve more of a mainstream success with daytime radio starting to wake up to the incredible talent of the band and an afternoon slot on the Other Stage at Glastonbury 2010 which attracted a large crowd.

Following up ‘High Violet’ must have posed a difficult dilemma for The National. Now the doors had been opened to mass success, they had the opportunity to go full steam ahead and write songs to appeal to the masses or they could stick to what they have always done, write incredibly moving and passionate songs that the band undeniably believe in. Thankfully the band chose the latter option, not that any of us doubted they would be tempted to ‘sell out’ for one second.

‘I Should Live In Salt’ opens the album in a heart melting way, the gentle acoustics, subtle drumming, warming vocals and heart on the sleeve lyrics are everything that we love about this amazing band. ‘Demons’ is a wonderful song full of atmosphere and reflection that will be sure to make you smile and cry at the same time. ‘Don’t Swallow The Cap’ is held together by a passionate drum beat that will ensure this is a song that you will not forget in a hurry and I don’t know where to start when it comes to describing ‘Fireproof’. There are not enough words in the English language to give this song the recognition it deserves, just go and listen to it and believe me you will be lost for words.

Further highlights include ‘Sea Of Love’ which is the most anthemic song on the album, ‘Graceless’ with its swirling and hypnotic melody and ‘I Need My Girl’ which contains the lyric “I am good and I am grounded”, this sounds like such an honest lyric and perfectly describes the way this band have kept their feet on the ground throughout and never tried to be anyone they are not. The use of the piano on 'Pink Rabbits' will grab hold of your attention and allow you to focus attentively on every thoughtful lyric that is being sung.

‘Trouble Will Find Me’ is another perfect album from The National, this is going to be a sure fire contender for album of the year.

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