THE NATIONAL

Trou­ble Will Find Me 4AD

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - KEVIN COURT­NEY

★★★★

With their 2010 al­bum High Vi­o­let, star­dom fi­nally found this Brook­lyn five-piece, as the au­di­ence for their stately, down­beat an­thems grew to sta­dium pro­por­tions. The National are now in dan­ger of be­com­ing a national trea­sure, but they’ve em­braced rock star­dom with this con­fi­dent, co­her­ent set of new tunes. High Vi­o­let and its pre­de­ces­sor ( Boxer) were the sounds of a band test­ing their ideas; Trou­ble Will Find Me is self-as­sured and – dare I say it – al­most swag­ger­ing. Grace­less, Heav­en­face and Fire­proof be­gin in those fa­mil­iar dark spa­ces be­fore break­ing free in a rush of in­sis­tent hooks. I Should Live in Salt, Demons and Sea of Love add ex­tra shades to their shad­owy sounds. Tom Berninger’s bari­tone is more com­mand­ing than ever, and the col­lab­o­ra­tors, in­clud­ing Suf­jan Stevens and St Vin­cent, do their parts with­out grand­stand­ing. amer­i­canmary. com Down­load tracks: Demons, Fire­proof, Sea of Love

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