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Review: The National at the Murat

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The National at the Murat - KATHERINE COPLEN
  • Katherine Coplen
  • The National at the Murat

Cincy-turned-Brooklyn rockers The National have a very special place in my heart. In fact, they're one of the few bands that I almost feel too close to to accurately review.

But trust me when I say their Trouble Will Find Me tour is the finest I've ever seen them. This setlist has a pack of new songs up front, with highlights from their previous albums scattered through (and a few surprises, like a crescendo-crazed "About Today" and a sentimental "Baby, We'll Be Fine"). Trouble Will Find Me is their best outing yet ­ - yes, trumping even Boxer - and hearing the group work out these songs live is a pleasure.

I'm really loving the live visuals from this tour, which includes a filtered live feed of the stage as a backdrop. My only complaints? I wish the vocals from Matt Berninger had been a bit more clear, but with a voice like his ­ - ultra deep, ultra mellow - I understand the mixing difficulty.

I've always thought The National have some kind of supreme balance. Is it because it's a band made of two sets of brothers, who are super-solid musically? I'm not sure. But I know that every time I see them, it's a great night.

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