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Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers CD

by The National

Smart, bracing, and beautiful rock music.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Cardinal Song
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6:18 album only
2. Slipping Husband
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3:22 album only
3. 90-Mile Waterwall
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3:44 album only
4. It Never Happened
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4:37 album only
5. Murder Me Rachael
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3:45 album only
6. Thirsty
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3:48 album only
7. Available
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3:20 album only
8. Sugar Wife
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2:21 album only
9. Trophy Wife
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3:32 album only
10. Fashion Coat
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2:02 album only
11. Patterns of Fairytales
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12. Lucky You
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Album Notes
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"Hidden Gem of 2003"-Magnet

"Plunging into the desperate erotica of their Leonard Cohen-meets-Joy Division world."-Rolling Stone

"A genuine treasure... No one has written the uneasy poetry of self-disgust with such brutality since Mark Eitzel at his best. Livid as a bruise, this is brave, desperate and desperately beautiful music" - Uncut

"Intense? Powerful? Let's just say that if Johnny Cash was still with us, this would be a contender for his next album" - The London Sunday Times

8.4 out of 10 score. "Hold off, sit back down, and continue listening to this gorgeous train wreck."

The National is a band of five guys all raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and living in Brooklyn, New York. The band consists of two sets of brothers: Bryce and Aaron Dessner and Scott and Bryan Devendorf. Their friend Matt Berninger is the group's singer and lyricist.

In the mid 90s, they migrated to New York City; all five settled in Brooklyn, eschewing the hipster enclave of Williamsburg in favor of the more settled confines of Carroll Gardens. Shuttling back and forth by F train between home and jobs, the five friends began gathering in various basements and living rooms. They decided to start a band. Before they'd played a single gig, The National recorded their self-titled debut album in the studio of producer Nick Lloyd. The result, released on the start-up Brassland label in 2001, was critically acclaimed, receiving raves in publications like No Depression,, Billboard, and The Boston Phoenix. Singer Matt Berninger has been compared to Tom Waits, Cat Power, and Johnny Cash; in the band's songwriting, reviewers describe overtones of the work of Wilco, Dylan, and the Band.

Recording sessions for The National's new album took the band to seven different studios, from Williamsburg to suburban Connecticut. Again they worked with Nick Lloyd as well as co-producers Peter Katis (fresh off his work on Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights) and Paul Heck, a long-time A&R man who has worked on projects like No Alternative, Red Hot & Riot!, and Luaka Bop's 2001 Shuggie Otis re-issues. Padma Newsome from Clogs contributed string arrangements on a number of tracks.

The result is Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, an ambitious sophomore album. England's Kerrang! wrote that their first was "the stuff underground legends are made of." The follow-up is a great leap forward, an omnibus of rock songwriting that is by turns upbeat and downcast, electric and acoustic, raging and atmospheric. It is a bold statement, a song cycle about men and women, and all the ways things go wrong and right. It was released in Europe in late May, and is seeing an American release in September 2003.

The European release is on Talitres Records, a label boasting bands such as The Walkmen, Calla, and Destroyer. Their American label is Brassland, operated by writer and critic Alec Hanley Bemis (New Yorker, LA Weekly, On the strength of The National's new material, Brassland has pitched their tents with renowned distributor Southern in both Europe and the United States. Southern is an organization responsible for incubating bedrock independent labels like Saddle Creek (Bright Eyes, The Faint), Dischord (Fugazi, Jawbox), and Constellation (Godspeed You! Black Emperor).

The National will begin touring extensively in the US in Fall


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a slower beast than alligator - but fantastic
I had bought Alligator first and had heard that the only difference from Sad Songs was the addition of backing vocals. But the first album is also slower, heavier, more emotionally charged-- for example there's whispers and a bit of screaming on the second song. If you thought alligator was great, and I did, you will definitely not go wrong with this album-- just expect to get used to the slower pace.

CD Baby

In the gene pool with Leonard Cohen, this melancholic, ghostly male-fronted, three-dimensional pop draws the blinds, closes the windows and filters out the harsh light of the sun, casting shadows and dim light over the room where one can contemplate the darker side of beauty. With a touch of David Gray-type atmosphere, these moody songs call up scenarios in the imagination, like a film score looking for a film. While still embracing the jangle and the melody, this is an album that focuses its feel but doesn't exclude the world around it.


I did't like this at first, now I can't stop listening to it!
This CD is my favorite of the moment. I first heard a couple of songs and thought that it was ok, (my girlfriend bought the cd and liked it) then all of a sudden while listening to it at work I realized that I also liked it. The more I listened, the better it became. Now I hear the songs in my head. All the songs are really enjoyable and I don't think that there are any weak spots. This is the first "Rock/Alt Rock?" Cd that I have enjoyed in a long time. I look forward to seeing if the next cd will be as good as this is.

rob wehrle

It's early but...album of the year?
As a whole this is the most completely enjoyable record I've heard in a long time. There isn't a second of wasted space. It takes a few listens to really absorb the whole deal and that gives it staying power. Value for the Great lyrics that are actually about something. Musical chops and top-notch songwriting. See them live as well...with two! sets of twins, the band is tight and addicting to watch. Singer has wonderful stage presense. Why aren't these guys huge? In due time boys. I could go on and on. Just buy this record, it will make your day a little better. It's just embarrasingly good.

e j dark

Try programming tracks 1/2/3/6, absorb and say that alone was worth the price of the CD.

South of Mainstream

intelligent, hip and edgy in a retro kind of way
The lyrics, vocals and music are smart, sharp and definitely worth a second, third, eighth, fifteenth listen.