- Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for the indie rock band was produced by band member Aaron Dessner with co-production by Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger.
- Record Label: 4AD
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
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Sep 7, 2017Sleep Well Beast, like all The National’s albums, occupies troubled territory. These are songs about the fleeting impermanence of joy, compared to the lingering bruise of despair, and how hard it is to live in this unfairly weighted emotional space. It’s a struggle embodied in Matt Berninger’s enervated, murmurous baritone.
Positive: 16 out of 16
Mixed: 0 out of 16
Negative: 0 out of 16
Sep 9, 2017There's a moment in the life span of every great band in which they have to decide to get bored and play safe, be satisfied with theirThere's a moment in the life span of every great band in which they have to decide to get bored and play safe, be satisfied with their achievements and stop, or get uncomfortable and keep progressing. Sleep Well Beast is a strong statement revealing that The National is still up to excel itself and develop a body of work so wide like they never did it before. The album full of electronic sounds, two great guitar solos, amazing lyricism and skillful dynamics surprised me reminding me a bit of "Ok Computer" meant to me in 1997. Melancholy, feelings of longing, uncertainties of the known love and professional life, or the biased purposes of parties make evident here and much more. Definitely 10/10 if that's possible to quantify.… Expand
Sep 8, 2017First, let me state that I don't think it's a 10, but a 9.5.
I'm gonna keep it short: It's their best since Boxer. It's everything we've comeFirst, let me state that I don't think it's a 10, but a 9.5.
I'm gonna keep it short: It's their best since Boxer. It's everything we've come to expect from The National, yet a bit darker and grittier. I'm glad they started experimenting and trying new things a bit more, yet were able to write those "classic" National songs.
I can't say I like Walk it back (although those mini-bridges between the verses are sang really well) or Empire Line but those are still pretty much - good songs.
The rest of "the bunch" is pretty amazing with Nobody else will be there, The system only dreams in total darkness, I'll still destroy you and Dark side of the gym being the best for me.
It's a really, really good album and surely a contender for AOTY. Can't wait to hear what these guys offer next.… Expand
Sep 11, 2017Their best since Boxer. And I have a lot of love for "High Violet". I love how they came out of their comfort zone, and how did it work. TheTheir best since Boxer. And I have a lot of love for "High Violet". I love how they came out of their comfort zone, and how did it work. The lyrics, as usual, are great, and the production is just beautiful and brilliant. Even when we don't have a huge amount of "Strong/loud" songs, this album feels so much better than the last one.… Expand
Apr 5, 2018After an incredible run of form where they released 4 classic albums in 8 years while touring almost continuously, The National took somethingAfter an incredible run of form where they released 4 classic albums in 8 years while touring almost continuously, The National took something resembling a break between albums number 6 and this most recent offering "Sleep Well Beast". While band members were kept busy with side projects, the band may have felt they needed some space in order to ensure album 7 was the best it could be. While their peers from the mid 00's have struggled to maintain the quality (Arcade Fire) and frequency (LCD Soundsystem) of their output, incredibly, The National have pulled off another masterstroke here. "Sleep Well Beast" is a generally mellow affair even by The National's standards. I believe this is the best album the band could have made for their fans. Their unique style is here and brings comfort in its familiarity but at the same time its the band testing boundaries if not necessarily breaking through them. Opener "Nobody Else Will Be There" is a perfect operation of restraint before the epic, admittedly National by numbers "Day I Die". Lead single "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" is arguably the highlight of the record but it has rivals for that accolade in "Guilty Party" and "Dark Side of the Gym". More focused and cohesive than "Trouble Will Find Me", itself a great record, this latest offering has cemented The National as the great indie rock band to come out of the 21st century.… Expand
Sep 14, 2017On this album the band experiments with electronic music, which created a unique sound.
The sad, but sweet and elegant songs on this diverseOn this album the band experiments with electronic music, which created a unique sound.
The sad, but sweet and elegant songs on this diverse album made it feels more alive than their last album 'Trouble Will Find Me'.
The only song that didn't really speak to me is 'Turtleneck'. In my opinion the song doesn't really fit in the tracklist.… Expand
Oct 5, 2017As a new political era started in America, artists has had their two cents on the topic. But nobody has done it so well like The National’sAs a new political era started in America, artists has had their two cents on the topic. But nobody has done it so well like The National’s Sleep Well Beast—a right mixture of politics, self-confession, and romance told in a confusing, maddening way that is comforting in its discomfort. For a political record you’d assume would be “trying”, Sleep Well Beast is a wise record and the greatest of its kind.… Expand
Oct 28, 2017It's good but there's just too much filler for me. There's 4-5 great songs and the rest are ok - good.
I'm a massive fan but this one justIt's good but there's just too much filler for me. There's 4-5 great songs and the rest are ok - good.
I'm a massive fan but this one just didn't reach the heights of the last album.… Expand
Published: November 27, 2017Over the next month, we'll be collecting year-end top 10 album lists from over 200 music critics, publications, record stores, and other sources. Find individual lists and this year's cumulative rankings inside.
Awards & Rankings
|Girly-Sound to Guyville [Box Set] - Liz Phair|
|Appetite for Destruction: Super Deluxe Edition [Box Set] - Guns N' Roses|
|Cinema [Box Set] - Holger Czukay|
|Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It - Rolo Tomassi|
|Rifles and Rosary Beads - Mary Gauthier|
|Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album - John Coltrane|
|A Man I'd Rather Be, (Part 1) [Box Set] - Bert Jansch|
|Orquesta Akokan - Orquesta Akokan|
|Roxy: Tonight's the Night Live - Neil Young|
|Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves|
|Dirty Computer - Janelle Monáe|
|Persona - Rival Consoles|
|POST- - Jeff Rosenstock|
|Dirty Pictures, Pt. 2 - Low Cut Connie|
|Ordinary Corrupt Human Love - Deafheaven|
|Twin Fantasy - Car Seat Headrest|
|Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides - SOPHIE|
|Microshift - Hookworms|
|Cusp - Alela Diane|
|The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 [Box Set] - Miles Davis|