The National – Trouble Will Find Me

When you listen to the single “I Need My Girl” you’ll be drawn in immediately. Then you’ll sigh because you realize in these dance pop oriented times that the winner of a song has very little chance of being played on the radio and as a result gaining the large audience it deserves. Ah well, it is also nice to have a talented band like this be our little secret. By our little secret I mean that this Brooklyn group has met with considerable commercial and critical success with their previous five studio albums and it will continue on their sixth, a self-produced oeuvre by band members (and brothers) Aaron and Bryce Dessner. While there is still plenty of sadness and angst to be found amongst the songs on the album but there is also a newfound sense of self-assurance. They seem to now know who they are musical and are no longer struggling. Filled with simple themes and plenty of human emotion, the songs are filled with the chemistry between these five guys. For even more of a spark the band has brought on guests like Arcade Fire member Richard Reed Parry, St. Vincent and Sufjan Stevens.  They and the others are woven very nicely into the musical fabric The National has created. All in all Trouble Will Find Me should be the one that brings mainstream success to this very good rock band.

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