The National

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The National is an American indie rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 1999. Currently based in Brooklyn, the band consists of Matt Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitar, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Scott Devendorf (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).

Founded by Berninger, Aaron Dessner, and brothers, Scott and Bryan Devendorf, The National released their self-titled debut album, The National (2001), on Brassland Records, an independent record label, founded by Dessner and his twin brother, Bryce. Bryce Dessner, who had assisted in recording the album, soon joined as a full member, participating in the recording of its follow-up, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (2003).

Leaving their day jobs behind, The National signed with Beggars Banquet Records and released their third studio album, Alligator (2005), to widespread critical acclaim. The band's fourth and fifth studio albums, Boxer (2007) and High Violet (2010), increased their exposure significantly. In 2013, the band released its sixth studio album, Trouble Will Find Me. It was nominated in the 2014 Grammys for Best Alternative Album.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 The National The National 1
2003 Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers The National 4 3
2005 Alligator The National 4 4
2007 Boxer The National 4.35 3
2010 High Violet The National 4.4 10
2013 Trouble Will Find Me The National 4 4

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 iTunes Festival: London 2010 The National 1
2015 A Lot of Sorrow Ragnar Kjartansson / The National 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Abel The National 2
2005 Secret Meeting The National 1
2005 Lit Up The National 2
2007 Mistaken for Strangers The National 1
2007 Apartment Story The National 1
2010 Bloodbuzz Ohio The National 5 2
2014 I Need My Girl The National 2
2015 Sunshine on My Back The National 1

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Think You Can Wait (from the film "Win Win") The National 1
2011 Exile Vilify (from the game "Portal 2") The National 1
2011 Think You Can Wait / Exile/Vilify The National 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Cherry Tree The National 5 4
2008 The Virginia EP The National 4 1

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