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 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 Dessner. Bryce, who had assisted in recording the album, soon joined the band, participating as a full member 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 3
2003 Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers The National 4 5
2005 Alligator The National 4 9
2007 Boxer The National 4.35 6
2010 High Violet The National 4.55 11
2013 Trouble Will Find Me The National 4.35 5
2017 Sleep Well Beast The National 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Unreleased: B-Sides & Rarities The National 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 2003-11-17: The Black Sessions The National 1
2005 2005-04-29: Black Session The National 1
2010 iTunes Festival: London 2010 The National 1
2010 Castle Rock Session The National 1
2015 A Lot of Sorrow Ragnar Kjartansson / The National 1
2007-06-20: 9:30 Club, Washington, DC, USA The National 1
2007-07-15: Latitude Festival, Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk, UK The National 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Slipping Husband The National 1
2005 Abel The National 4
2005 Secret Meeting The National 2
2005 Lit Up The National 3
2007 Mistaken for Strangers The National 4
2007 Apartment Story The National 3
2008 Fake Empire The National 2
2009 Knotty Pine / So Far Around the Bend Dirty Projectors + David Byrne / The National 2
2010 Bloodbuzz Ohio The National 5 7
2010 Anyone's Ghost The National 1
2010 Conversation 16 The National 2
2010 Terrible Love The National 2
2013 Demons The National 1
2013 Don't Swallow The Cap The National 1
2013 Sea Of Love The National 1
2013 Graceless The National 2
2014 I Need My Girl The National 2
2015 Sunshine on My Back The National 1
2017 The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness 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 6
2008 The Virginia EP The National 4 4

EP + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Extras The National 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Conversation 16 The National 1
Tarquin Roughs The National 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 Tiny Desk Concert The National 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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