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Trouble Will Find Me

The National

Trouble Will Find Me

The Brooklyn indie rock band with album No.6, following up the widely-acclaimed High Violet

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  1. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The music here is richer still, reflecting the variety of extracurricular activities and collaborations the Dessner twins have worked on in what was never really downtime
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  2. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    It's the subtlety, and the self-awareness, that make this album exquisite
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  3. 10.0 |   The Independent

    It's both the most personal, and most melodically welcoming, of their albums, its subtle, multi-layered arrangements seeming to hover weightlessly while Matt Berninger's lyrics drill into emotionally troubling territory
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  4. 10.0 |   Art Rocker

    Compared to the compressed, low frequency squeal that most bands resort to, Trouble Will Find Me instead feels like a brick of intimacy and intricacies
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  5. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Like the rest of the National catalog, Trouble Will Find Me is subtly insinuating; at first it seems almost free of hooks, then six listens later it’s difficult to get it unstuck
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  6. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    A collection of remarkable songs by a group of musicians that compliment one another as well as any group over the last decade
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  7. 9.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The end result is a new kind of National album — still dark and neurotic, obsessed with modern-day paranoia, but also bursting with an unlikely optimism
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  8. 9.0 |   DIY

    While The National don't progress or indeed offer anything new to outstanding cynics, they instead rejoice in their strengths of detailing life and all its sorry baggage in the most beautiful of ways
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  9. 9.0 |   The 405

    It definitely sounds like an album by the National, but their latest set of songs is impeccably presented and delivered with the confidence of a band at their peak; a band who have figured themselves out
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  10. 9.0 |   Clash

    This set of tracks will stand with their most masterful
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  11. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    A layered, resoundingly human work that extends their winning streak without so much as breaking a sweat
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  12. 8.8 |   Paste Magazine

    If High Violet was an ambitious statement album that propelled the band to new heights of mid-life/middle-class existentialism, Trouble Will Find Me is looser, easier and rawer—as laidback as The National ever get
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  13. 8.8 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    The music on Trouble Will Find Me is structured in a way that makes Matt Berninger the album’s MVP
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  14. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    The National have a talent for making songs seem simple until you start to poke at them and realize there are all kinds of complicated things happening
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  15. 8.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    Unpredictable it is not, but taken as a study of sound and mood, it’s kind of perfect
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  16. 8.5 |   Bowlegs

    Once again it seems The National have delivered. They are masters of the understated, there are no instantaneous, foregone conclusions, songs open up slowly with every new listen
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  17. 8.4 |   Pitchfork

    Their leanest and most aerodynamic record yet
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  18. 8.1 |   Billboard

    They're a heady, dense, atmospheric rock band loved by many adults who are comfortable with being adults, and "Trouble" isn't likely to win them too many new fans
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  19. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    If you think you’ve outgrown them, you haven’t. Matt Berninger’s quandaries are not the sort that can be outgrown
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  20. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Superb, sublime and even when it’s melancholy, it’s not drag-you-down depressing
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  21. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The difference on Trouble Will Find Me is that everything feels clarified through a decade of wisdom, with volatility frequently superseded by sensibility
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  22. 8.0 |   Time Out

    It has all the stadium-filling darkness you’d expect from a recording begun in a blackout the day Hurricane Sandy hit
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  23. 8.0 |

    The day is coming when The National may need to leave the comfort zone they have created with their blueprint sound. But for now, while they continue to deliver melancholy as seductively packaged as this, we remain quietly spellbound
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  24. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    His band are worth holding close as they quieten down but become ever stronger in their songwriting
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  25. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    There isn’t a single weak song in sight, and the consistent astute excellence of this band’s output is still in full-effect, something to behold, admire and treasure
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  26. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    The occasional off-kilter touch throws things sufficiently askew to deny listeners any complacency
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  27. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Six albums down the line, the late developers have perfected their ruminative rock, the beauty of their intricate arrangements ensuring the end product never sounds pedestrian
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  28. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    It’s this power to subtly visit three different places on every song that makes Trouble... such a marvellous listen
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  29. 8.0 |   Mojo

    They might shake, they might tremble, but The National remain a safe pair of hands. Print edition only

  30. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Finds The National shouldering the weight of the world and nearly collapsing beneath it, but doing so with unmatched grace and a steady hand
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  31. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The National are letting light and air into their shadows
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  32. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The album is consistently very good and the song writing consistently better, but that moment of soul-shifting emotion, that moment the National have been so adept at creating, is missing
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  33. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Trouble Will Find Me is self-assured and – dare I say it – almost swaggering
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  34. 8.0 |   Uncut

    As ever The National find uplift in melancholia. Print edition only

  35. 8.0 |   NME

    They have pulled off another album for the modern age
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  36. 7.7 |   AltSounds

    Within their wrought framework they have found more serenity and love than ever before
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  37. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Trouble Will Find Me is quite good. In places it’s very good and viewed individually most of the songs are very, very good. Taken together though, they rather cancel one another out
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  38. 7.0 |   All Music

    For better or for worse, they perfected their sound the last time around, so it’s hard to fault them for sticking so close to the fire
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  39. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    This is The National’s 4th or 5th comfortably strong album in a row, another slight variation on a tried-and-true theme
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  40. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    The National may have made it, but it’s the nobility in keeping on keeping on as if they hadn’t that makes them what they are
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  41. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    While Trouble Will Find Me remains well crafted and satisfying, there's something inherently stultifying about it as well
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  42. 6.0 |   Q

    For a band who sing so often about matters of the heart and emotional connection, much of Trouble Will Find Me sounds oddly on autopilot. Print edition only

  43. 6.0 |   State

    Although he has always been their disheveled heart, Matt Berninger is not all the National have to offer, but Trouble Will Find Me is stunted for living in his lengthy shadow
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  44. 6.0 |   Blurt

    Maybe we should stop seeing it as a negative. Done this well, even dad rock has its charms
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