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The National Sleep Well Beast

The indie rock band The National just released their 7th studio album, Sleep Well Beast. On this record, Jim says the band's expressive lyricism, whether it's about world and governmental politics or politics in lead singer Matt Berninger's marriage, is as strong as ever. He's generally been a fan of the group, but what makes this album a Buy It for him is the record's electronic experimentation in the vein of Radiohead, as well as its impressive and steady guitar work. Greg believes that The National has always been a consistent band, and agrees with Jim that the ominous electronic undertones of the album make it unique and almost eerie. While Greg thinks this record is missing a little bit of The National's signature emotional explosiveness, he still finds it to be a Buy It.

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Go to episode 615
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The National Easy to Find

The rock band The National recently released their 8th studio album, Easy to Find. It's a departure from their more sonically solemn ways to venture into more electronic territory. Jim couldn't stand this record, despite liking much of their other material. He thought they misused the electronic elements and didn't feel like they had much to say. Greg agreed, that while The National's last album, Sleep Well Beast, sounded creatively energized, Easy to Find is the opposite. He appreciates that the band tried something different, but ultimately the effort fell short.

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Go to episode 704