How many times can I listen to The National’s new album (Trouble Will Find Me) in a row?

I’m going to find out.

The National are probably something of a wet dream to the music industry. They’re on their 5th (?) album by now, with a distinctive sound (Berninger’s low baritone is instantly recognizable). They have good solid records, a radio-friendly sound, still appreciated by critics and music geeks and groupies alike, and they work well together.

I kind of wonder how long this can go on for. How long can a band make the same ‘kind of’ sound, and how many albums can they make in a row without a) going nuts b) killing each other c) getting bored? I have trouble getting bored writing 300 words a day for a blog, for goodness sakes.

It helps that they have other projects (documentaries, playing a single song for 12 hours in a row, dunno, drugs maybe? Fatherhood?) I’m still impressed, and I’m still listening to their album. (Four spins on day one.) But five dudes in a tour bus? That is a lot of testosterone, and I’m impressed. Gentleman, I take my cap off to you, and to Pink Rabbits. Nice job.


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