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  • Summary: This is the third LP for the Brooklyn five-piece fronted by deep-voiced Matt Berninger.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    "Alligator" is easily the National's best effort and quite possibly one of this year's finest records.
  2. 100
    It is the sound of Interpol as reinterpreted by Tom Waits--a breathtaking album with bite.
  3. The twilit melodies and Matt Berninger's gossamer vocals will haunt your troubled dreams. [22 Apr 2005, p.64]
  4. Painstakingly crafted, casually baroque music for people who get off a little bit on feeling blue.
  5. [A] fine collection of city-weary poetry.
  6. Part of the problem with Alligator is that it echoes so many other records, but part of its satisfaction is that it sets itself apart so well.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. BrentU
    Apr 18, 2005
    10
    A brilliant record! Dimensional, well-produced, and well-written pieces of American rock music.
  2. Mar 5, 2012
    10
    Abel, Lit Up, Secret Meeting, Mr November.... All magical. Every track on here is a National classic. Their breakthrough record and their bestAbel, Lit Up, Secret Meeting, Mr November.... All magical. Every track on here is a National classic. Their breakthrough record and their best work in my humble opinion. One of the records of the 00's. The moods of the songs swerve between a New York night out and the hangover that follows. If you've not gotten into this band yet your missing out big time. Give this a few listens and you'll be hooked on them. I remember hearing Mr November played live in Dublin a while back and it was mind blowing. Expand
  3. natej
    May 25, 2005
    10
    takes some time to get into...but onced you do, it's just amazing
  4. JakeW
    Aug 1, 2006
    10
    I'm about as picky as they come as far as music, but I can't really find much wrong with this album. I'm really curious what I'm about as picky as they come as far as music, but I can't really find much wrong with this album. I'm really curious what those who rated this a 6 or a 7 think is a great album. I read some of those user comments and I still have no idea what exactly is deficient about the lyrics quoted. Expand
  5. MarkM.
    Jan 5, 2008
    10
    Best album of 2007 (and 2005). Found out about this album through reviews of "The Boxer" (a great album in its own right) and cannot stop Best album of 2007 (and 2005). Found out about this album through reviews of "The Boxer" (a great album in its own right) and cannot stop listening. Reminiscent of Interpol's first album with more obtuse lyrics and slightly less gloom. Along with Spoon, one of the few rock bands making great R&R music. Expand
  6. JL
    Aug 19, 2005
    9
    This marvelous album didn't need to grow on me; it floored me right out of the box (although it unwisely puts the weakest song first), This marvelous album didn't need to grow on me; it floored me right out of the box (although it unwisely puts the weakest song first), and I almost literally can't stop listening to it as it continually gains dimension. As someone who grew up on Joy Division, I find those comparisons facile and silly -- certainly The National have their post-punk influences, but they are completely themselves on this album and completely comfortable in their own painful skin. Just glorious, end to end. Expand
  7. daveh
    Apr 20, 2005
    4
    granted the lead singer has an effecting voice, but this disc is so banal and lifeless - i can think of half a dozen bands doing this much granted the lead singer has an effecting voice, but this disc is so banal and lifeless - i can think of half a dozen bands doing this much better with much more interesting chord changes and guitar work. i think rolling stone and pop matters had it right. pop matters - a little harsh but not far off. the others all wanna jump on the 'isn't it great' bandwagon. Expand

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