Trouble Will Find Me

Trouble Will Find Me

by The NationalThe National


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Upon first spin, Trouble Will Find Me, the warm, wistful, and weary sixth long-player from the National, sounds a lot like 2010's warm, wistful, and weary High Violet, but where the former was built on a foundation of suburban despondency and casual, middle class self-destruction (and skillfully juggled melodrama and dark comedy), the latter feels mired in regret, seeking refuge in the arms of old friends and lost lovers, sounding for all the world like a single cube of ice lazily swirling about a recently drained tumbler of single malt scotch, a notion best intoned on early album standout "Demons," which casually announces "I am secretly in love with everyone I grew up with." Like nausea, nostalgia can arrive in waves, and Trouble Will Find Me's best moments -- the propulsive "Don't Swallow the Cap" and the one-two sucker punch of pre-set closers "Humiliation" and "Pink Rabbits" -- find Matt Berninger and his laconic baritone nervously pacing the deck of a sinking ship while simultaneously trying to find his sea legs as his bandmates constantly pull the rug out from under him with familiar rhythms and melodies that hide countless trap doors. However, it's that very familiarity that fuels the ire of many of the band's detractors, especially those who consider them to be a slightly creepier, American Coldplay, and while there is definitely an intangible, Mad Men-esque sense of unease that permeates Trouble Will Find Me, one could hardly use the words dangerous or forward-thinking when dissecting its myriad parts. That said, this is the band that performed a chilling rendition of the George R.R. Martin-penned "Rains of Castamere" over the closing credits of the season two finale of Game of Thrones. For better or for worse, they perfected their sound the last time around, so it's hard to fault them for sticking so close to the fire, especially on such a snowy night.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2013
Label: 4Ad
UPC: 0652637331523
catalogNumber: 73315
Rank: 76689

Album Credits

Performance Credits

National   Primary Artist
Tim Albright   Trombone
Thomas Bartlett   Piano,Keyboards
Sufjan Stevens   Synthesizer,Piano
Padma Newsome   Strings,Violin,Viola
Bryce Dessner   Group Member
Matt Berninger   Group Member
Aaron Dessner   Group Member
Bryan Devendorf   Group Member
Scott Devendorf   Group Member
Claire Bryant   Cello
Alan Ferber   Trombone
Caroline Shaw   Violin
Owen Pallett   Strings
Richard Reed Parry   Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Double Bass
Caleb Burhans   Viola
Nico Muhly   Strings,Celeste
Dave Nelson   Trombone
Rob Moose   Strings,Violin
Annie Clark   Vocals
Nona Marie Invie   Vocals
Nadia Sirota   Viola
Hideaki Aomori   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Sharon Van Etten   Vocals
Jeremy Turner   Cello
Alexandra Sopp   Flute
Alicia Lee   Bass Clarinet
Kyle Resnick   Trumpet,Vocals
Brian Snow   Cello
Logan Coale   Double Bass
Yuki Numata   Violin
Beth Myers   Viola
Mike Atkinson   French Horn
Erwan Castex   electronics
Bejamin Lanz   Trombone
Ben Russel   Violin

Technical Credits

National   Composer
Doug Bennett   Artwork
Jeff Tyson   Artwork
Jeff Salem   Artwork
Sufjan Stevens   drum machine
Bryce Dessner   Producer,Orchestration
Matt Berninger   Composer,Lyricist
Aaron Dessner   Producer
Richard Reed Parry   Orchestration
Nico Muhly   Orchestration
Marcus Paquin   Engineer
Carin Besser   Composer,Lyricist
Megan Craig   Artwork
Benjamin Lanz   Brass Arrangment
Jonathan Low   Engineer
Karl Jensen   Artwork
Clara Claus   Artwork
Martyn Heyne   Engineer
Erwan Castex   Programming
Bohyun Yoon   Cover Art
John Solimine   Artwork
Charles Wilkin   Artwork
Nancy Berninger   Artwork
Jessica Dressner   Artwork
Justin Davis Anderson   Artwork
Jessie Henson   Artwork
Randall J. Lane   Artwork

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