Alligator

Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Alligator's biggest missteps are the moments when the music joins in the apprehension, rendering the coyness in Berninger's lyrics unreadable.
  2. Depressed guitar poetry that's both elegantly wasted and kinda murky.
  3. New Musical Express (NME)
    60
    It's music for downhearted cattle rustlers to mournfully skin steers to. [9 Apr 2005, p.58]
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 133 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. DavidR.
    Mar 29, 2008
    10
    A lot appears to have been made about this guys lyrics, with one review dedicated entirely to ripping them for being cold and dispassionate. A lot appears to have been made about this guys lyrics, with one review dedicated entirely to ripping them for being cold and dispassionate. Talk to any creative person and they will tell you art normally flows from sadness and misery. These songs are not uplifting nor are they meant to be. The album is great because it's a perfect expression of someone who admits to his patchy failures, marginal successes, and ultimately the women whom he has used to get through life. Most of the songs sound like they are written on a hungover a few days after breaking up his girlfriend. The songs are deceptively straightforward and beautifully layered, and his lyrics are thought provoking and emotionally delivered. This album truly deserves a 10 and is their best. Full Review »
  2. toms
    Apr 15, 2005
    10
    my favorite record of the year so far.
  3. Jun 12, 2017
    10
    "Abel", "Lit Up", "Secret Meeting", "Mr November"....I could go through the whole record really. Every track on here is a National classic."Abel", "Lit Up", "Secret Meeting", "Mr November"....I could go through the whole record really. Every track on here is a National classic. Their breakthrough record and their best work (to date) in my humble opinion. The rhythm section dueling with the guitars is something else with the record produced to perfection. Without doubt 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 yet delved into The National, make this your introduction. Give this a few listens and you'll be hooked on them. I remember hearing Mr November played live in The Olympia in Dublin around 2010 or thereabouts and it was mind blowing. Full Review »