Alligator

User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 129 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 129

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  1. Frank
    May 21, 2007
    4
    very overrated and boring. Nothing really amazing here, it just isn't memorable.
  2. 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 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.
  3. ScottW
    May 22, 2006
    6
    I've got the same complaint as everyone else. This album is a beautiful dream that is once in a while interrupted by lines like "I have weird memories of you pissing in a sink, I think."
  4. Apr 12, 2013
    6
    A step backwards from 'Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers': arrangements and melodies are worse than on the previous album.
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. [A] fine collection of city-weary poetry.