Matt Berninger and The National make some of the best ‘stuck in your head, in and out of love, train wreck’ music I’ve ever heard. And I should know, as I have basically mastered the same subject. The lyrics and music have the raw vulnerability of a still open wound, not yet clean. But if you don’t feel like getting too deep with it, their songs can just be a great melody, a hook and a moody soundtrack for a summer night’s ride.
From the Boxer LP:
From the Alligator LP:
From the Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers LP:
And seeing as both Bryce and Aaron Dessner are members of The National as well as pseudo-curators of the excellent Dark Was the Night charity compilation out earlier this year, here’s their contribution to that effort as both audio and visual delights (via Pitchfork.tv):
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