Alligator - The National
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Universal acclaim- based on 108 Ratings

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  • Summary: This is the third LP for the Brooklyn five-piece fronted by deep-voiced Matt Berninger.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    It's their first masterpiece. [Album of the Month, May 2005, p.94]
  2. 100
    "Alligator" is easily the National's best effort and quite possibly one of this year's finest records.
  3. The twilit melodies and Matt Berninger's gossamer vocals will haunt your troubled dreams. [22 Apr 2005, p.64]
  4. The rest of the band plays straight man, setting up Berninger's punchlines and peeling him off the floor at the end of the night.
  5. 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.
  6. Like R.E.M. when they were good, [The National's] superficially simple songs have a real depth and resonance. [May 2005, p.114]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. 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 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
  2. Apr 12, 2013
    6
    A step backwards from 'Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers': arrangements and melodies are worse than on the previous album.

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