An alternative guitar group of poetic leanings and adventurous soundscapes, the National are sometimes spoken of as an American Radiohead or successors to REM. Yet over a 20-year-career, they have never had a hit single to carry them into mainstream visibility.
Since forming in Brooklyn (by way of the University of Cincinnati) in 1999, the National have released seven albums to glowing reviews, the last of which, 2017’s Sleep Well Beast, gave them a long-awaited UK number one (number two in the US). The follow-up seems designed not so much to capitalise on their slow rise, as infuriate casual listeners belatedly glancing in their direction.
The title of the National’s eighth album, I Am Easy...
Start a 30-day free trial for unlimited access to Premium articles
- Unlimited access to Premium articles
- Subscriber-only events and experiences
- Cancel any time
Free for 30 days
then only £2 per week
Save 25% with an annual subscription
Just £75 per year