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All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
For a band that's been compared to Joy Division, Leonard Cohen, Wilco, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the National sure sounds a lot more like the Czars or Uncle Tupelo on this sophomore album Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers. Where the band might lack Joy Division's angular fury, Cohen's existentialism, and Cave's vampiric attack, vocalist Matt Berninger and company whip up a murky alt country meets chamber pop vibe that's quite potent. The five-piece mostly keeps things on the country side of the fence during the album's first half, as slide guitars and fiddles overpower just about any hint of rock styling except the drumbeat, occasional feedback, and some screeching ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
For a band that's been compared to Joy Division, Leonard Cohen, Wilco, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the National sure sounds a lot more like the Czars or Uncle Tupelo on this sophomore album Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers. Where the band might lack Joy Division's angular fury, Cohen's existentialism, and Cave's vampiric attack, vocalist Matt Berninger and company whip up a murky alt country meets chamber pop vibe that's quite potent. The five-piece mostly keeps things on the country side of the fence during the album's first half, as slide guitars and fiddles overpower just about any hint of rock styling except the drumbeat, occasional feedback, and some screeching guitar freak-outs. Toward the album's close, the songs' textures finally shift from country to indie rock. Berninger is more than content to roam pastures featuring small patches of emo, sadcore, and artsy strings, clearly wearing his influences on his sleeve. Indeed, album-opener "Cardinal Song" could very easily be mistaken for the Tindersticks or Cousteau, with a passage that is a virtual note for note reconstruction of a Red House Painters song. Though the band focuses on slow atmospheric songs, it's when it kicks out the jams that the music is the most compelling. Case in point is "Slipping Husband," with its fine melodic waves and a perfectly placed bout of screaming. "Trophy Wife" presents yet another influence; the song seems a dead ringer for the Shins. It's hard to shake the feeling that the National is highly influenced by and studied in the bands it emulates, but the album is still worth a listen for fans of moody country-tinged lounge music. With so many influences rearing their heads and ample musical chops in the bag, the National might not be masters of any one genre, but it creates a fine amalgam nonetheless.
Rolling Stone - Greg Kot
Plunging into the desperate erotica of their Leonard Cohen-meets-Joy Division world, this Brooklyn quintet sounds both decadent and deprived.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2003
  • Label: Brassland Records
  • UPC: 632662555323
  • Catalog Number: 3
  • Sales rank: 29,376

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cardinal Song (6:18)
  2. 2 Slipping Husband (3:22)
  3. 3 90-Mile Water Wall (3:44)
  4. 4 It Never Happened (4:37)
  5. 5 Murder Me Rachael (3:45)
  6. 6 Thirsty (3:48)
  7. 7 Available (3:20)
  8. 8 Sugar Wife (2:21)
  9. 9 Trophy Wife (3:32)
  10. 10 Fashion Coat (2:02)
  11. 11 Patterns of Fairytales (3:43)
  12. 12 Lucky You (4:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The National Primary Artist
Padma Newsome Violin, Viola
Bryce Dessner Group Member
Luke Hughett Vocals
Matt Berninger Group Member
Aaron Dessner Group Member
Bryan Devendorf Group Member
Scott Devendorf Group Member
Nick Lloyd Piano, Keyboards
Steve LoPresti French Horn, Mellophonium
Technical Credits
The National Composer
John Loder Mastering
Paul Heck Producer
Peter Katis Producer, Engineer
Hugh Pool Engineer
Dan Long Engineer
Padma Newsome Orchestration
Nick Lloyd Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD...

    This only gets better the more you listen to it...great guitar work, drumming and vocals along with introspective lyrics have made this one of my favorites ever since it was released...

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