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The National is an American rock band of Cincinnati, Ohio natives, formed in Brooklyn, New York City in 1999. The band consists of Matt Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitar, piano, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar, piano, keyboards), Scott Devendorf (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).

Rich Smith for The Stranger mentioned, "Everyone I know has been talking trash about the National's seventh album, Sleep Well Beast. It doesn't matter that it's been generally well received by critics. Pitchfork gave the record an 8 out of 10. Four out of five seems to be the average star count everywhere else. But my cohort greeted the album with a shrug. It snowed but it didn't stick. Or else I heard, Yeah, it's kinda good, but that one song really sucks.Let's get this out of the way: That one song does really suck. It's called "Turtleneck," and it descends from the band's line of half-assed country songs, a tradition of theirs that goes all the way back to "Pay for Me" from their self-titled debut. A similar-sounding approach pops up again on Trouble Will Find Me, with the song "I Need My Girl," and then reemerges on Beast like a prepubescent crack in the voice of an otherwise mature album. In keeping up with the times, the Dessners incorporated into this record subtle, intricately arranged electronic sounds, but they didn't mess too much with the general formula. That is, apparently, everyone's problem: Nothing new here."


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