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‪The National‬, 'Trouble Will Find Me'
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‪The National‬, 'Trouble Will Find Me'

This is the sound of despair, according to the National's Matt Berninger: "If you want to make me cry," he claims, "play 'Let It Be' or Nevermind." On much of Trouble Will Find Me as well, the terse phrases and single-tone exclamations of guitarists Bryce and Aaron Dessner hang around Berninger's baritone gravity like clouded starlight.

From the RS review: "Good news: The National are letting light and air into their shadows."

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