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, Scott and Bryan Devendorf, and Aaron Dessner, 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 behind their day jobs, 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.

Four of the band's albums were included on NME's 2013 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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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 5
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 2
2007 Apartment Story The National 1
2009 Knotty Pine / So Far Around the Bend Dirty Projectors + David Byrne / The National 2
2010 Bloodbuzz Ohio The National 5 3
2010 Terrible Love The National 1
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 5 2


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


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 The Heart of the Night Is Flat, Catching Many Off Guard: Daytrotter Studio, Rock Island, IL, USA The National 1

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