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Well, I successfully waited for the proper release and stayed away from this thread for awhile. And, wow.

 

I am on my 3rd listen and this album is following my usual path to a favorite. I was lukewarm on the first listen, but then things started opening up and making sense on the second listen. And then, we achieved takeoff on the third.

 

Also, I see what people mean about the production on the first track. I am going to sit with this for a lot longer before I make a judgment.

 

Man, it's so nice when something in life actually meets your ridiculous expectations. :)

 

 

I read somewhere a few weeks ago that after several iterations, they decided to use the original demos for both Terrible Love & Lemonworld.

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Well, I successfully waited for the proper release and stayed away from this thread for awhile. And, wow.

 

I am on my 3rd listen and this album is following my usual path to a favorite. I was lukewarm on the first listen, but then things started opening up and making sense on the second listen. And then, we achieved takeoff on the third.

 

Also, I see what people mean about the production on the first track. I am going to sit with this for a lot longer before I make a judgment.

 

Man, it's so nice when something in life actually meets your ridiculous expectations. :)

 

Agree completely. :thumbup

 

I also managed to wait until I got the album in the mail (we did it!).

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Anyone have a ridiculous time trying to take out the package (that's what she said)?

I sat in my car for 5 minutes before I was able to pull the cd case from the purple cover.

Then I remembered that there was a poster that was probably causing all of this tightness.

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I also managed to wait until I got the album in the mail (we did it!).

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Anyone have a ridiculous time trying to take out the package (that's what she said)?

I sat in my car for 5 minutes before I was able to pull the cd case from the purple cover.

Then I remembered that there was a poster that was probably causing all of this tightness.

 

I've had the same problem. The last time I attempted to remove the case I thought I might have to resort to scissors. For now I'm just keeping the slip case off. They look kinda cool, but I've had this problem with at least one other CD in the past (Neon Bible).

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Looking For Astronauts is not a song I would call good.

 

i don't like Val Jester either.

 

had they replaced that song with 'Driver Surprise Me' that album would have been WAY better than it already is.

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Anyone have a ridiculous time trying to take out the package (that's what she said)?

I sat in my car for 5 minutes before I was able to pull the cd case from the purple cover.

Then I remembered that there was a poster that was probably causing all of this tightness.

 

YES!!

 

Cool packaging though (despite the "tightness").

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i don't like Val Jester either.

 

had they replaced that song with 'Driver Surprise Me' that album would have been WAY better than it already is.

 

after listening to Alligator a few more times, I like Astronauts a little better. I'd call it a good song. Not great, but good.

 

What is Driver, Surprise Me off of?

 

YES!!

 

Cool packaging though (despite the "tightness").

 

the cd was packed way tight, too. i thought i was going to break it.

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I dig Conversations 16.

Thats my favourite track, along with Bloodbuzz. The lyrics on Conversation are amazing. Real dark.

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Love this band to death. I'm in Phoenix and i'll be driving to L.A. for night two of their weekend at The Wiltern. I saw them there last year as well. I'm also looking forward to their Sasquatch set as their Sasquatch 2008 set was one of the most incredible performances I have seen them give. I definitely have an obsession with them at this point.

 

This Saturday night they are streaming a benefit from NY live on youtube though maybe someone has already mentioned it in this thread. Favorites from the new album.

 

Conversation 16

London

Sorrow

Lemon World

 

Brilliant album. I'm gay for all of Matt's writing.

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Ok, "Runaway" just floors me! absolutely gorgeous!

 

Album is really good. At first listens, doesn't quite hit me like Boxer did. but still really great stuff...

 

Only on my second time through, but I think "Runaway" is my new "Start a War", beautiful. :wub

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after listening to Alligator a few more times, I like Astronauts a little better. I'd call it a good song. Not great, but good.

 

What is Driver, Surprise Me off of?

 

 

 

the cd was packed way tight, too. i thought i was going to break it.

 

driver, surprise me was from the bonus disc for alligator.

 

it used to be available here as long as you have the UPC for the CD, but it's not there anymore => http://www.beggars.com/features/thenational/#

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Afraid of everyone was transcendent on Letterman tonight.

 

I'll defend my family

with my orange umbrella

I'm afraid of everyone, I'm afraid of everyone

With my shining blue star spangling tennis shoes on

I'm afraid of everyone, I'm afraid of everyone

With my kid on my shoulders I try

Not to hurt anybody I like

But I don't have the drugs to sort, I don't have the drugs to sort it out, sort it out

I don't have the drugs to sort it out, sort it out

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I've just secured tickets for their show at the Manchester Academy (U.K) in November. The gig sold out in little under twenty minutes!!

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But I don't have the drugs to sort, I don't have the drugs to sort it out, sort it out

I don't have the drugs to sort it out, sort it out

 

I love the album. I really do. But this part doesn't work for me. Just seems a bit too much. Maybe it's too direct? I dont know. I can't explain it.

 

Doing my darndest to get tix for Sat night in Brooklyn. Sold out and I can bring myself to pay a scalper.

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was sean lennon with them on letterman last night? sure as shit looked like him.

 

I always think the drummer looks like he could be a member of the Lennon family. I was thinking of John, but I'm sure Sean would be a good comparison as well.

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I don't own the album (yet) and have never really listened to The National. But I caught the Letterman performance last night, and daaaaamn, that was something. Why are they playing Milwaukee the same weeknight the New Pornographers are in Madison?

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