- 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.