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  • Summary: The eighth full-length release for the indie rock band includes guest appaearnces from the Brooklyn Youth Choir, Gail Ann Dorsey, Lisa Hannigan, Kate Stables, Mina Tindle, and Sharon Van Etten.
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I am good I am grounded Davy says that I look taller I can't get my head around it I keep feeling smaller smaller I need my girl I need my... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. May 16, 2019
    100
    The National’s never been afraid to dial things down, but it’s rarely sounded as vulnerable as it does here--song after song, Dessner’s vibrant, moody arrangements serve to reflect Berninger’s precarious balance of hope and frustration.
  2. May 14, 2019
    90
    I Am Easy To Find feels like a restart for a band in its 20th year. It might challenge some fans and may not ever grow on others, but more than anything, it proves that the National are not the band you thought they were. They're way more than that.
  3. Mojo
    May 7, 2019
    80
    Ultimately, it's a record filled with beauty that tries to do what therapy does: sort through a mess of emotions and reorganise them into something that makes more sense. [Jun 2019, p.84]
  4. May 16, 2019
    80
    With new voices, new avenues of exploration and new lyrical viewpoints, The National, alongside producer-director Mike Mills, once again show their ability to reinvent themselves to produce something that is more than just an album.
  5. 80
    The National prove with I Am Easy To Find that they don’t need the old bang and clatter to achieve their signature melancholic glory.
  6. May 16, 2019
    70
    I Am Easy to Find has loose ends and picturesque detours in addition to a revolving cast of characters and a suggestion of mess that give the album an appealingly unkempt sense of humanity.
  7. May 17, 2019
    40
    The talented likes of Lisa Hannigan and Sharon Van Etten attempt to breathe life into affairs, but there’s no resuscitating a creature that never breathed to begin with. No less, they for some reason decided to draw this death rattle out across their longest album to date, blindly moping through an inexplicably sixty-three minute run time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
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  1. May 17, 2019
    10
    Certainly a departure from the usual The National sound, this album presents a calmer, more organized sound than previous records. However itCertainly a departure from the usual The National sound, this album presents a calmer, more organized sound than previous records. However it is a welcome change, as always the band shows a mastery with melody and lyrical composition, adding an amazing female vocal backdrop that make the record so much more intimate and new. Another amazing effort from the band. Expand
  2. May 21, 2019
    10
    One of the best The National albums..quiet relaxing..amazing females vocals.. Possible album of the year 2019.
  3. May 17, 2019
    10
    This album listening feels like entering a photography museum presented with your life. There are some ugly and beautiful parts but they allThis album listening feels like entering a photography museum presented with your life. There are some ugly and beautiful parts but they all are part of you. This band managed to play on their strength but it elevated it to give us all the sense that we are part of it. Impeccable work - arrange, lyrics, voices, feelings. Expand
  4. May 17, 2019
    10
    I was kinda excited for the album when I knew about it, specially because I really liked their last one, and when I found out they hadI was kinda excited for the album when I knew about it, specially because I really liked their last one, and when I found out they had featured Sharon Van Etten. But I wasn't expecting to like it this much, it really was a great surprise and it has some of my favorites songs of the year so far. I totally recommend it, please give it a listen. You won't be disappointed. Expand
  5. May 17, 2019
    10
    One of the greatest aspects of The National's music for me was the balance between Matt Berninger's cold, darker voice with the warmth broughtOne of the greatest aspects of The National's music for me was the balance between Matt Berninger's cold, darker voice with the warmth brought by the instrumental lines, especially the brass ones. While I'm a bit sad to see that there are barely any brass sections in this album, the warmth is now present on the form of amazing feminine vocals and strings.
    What a beautiful album and an impressive way for a band to show that they can still bring their essence while stepping away from their comfort zone.
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  6. May 17, 2019
    10
    This is an outstanding album by one of America's great rock bands. It's their Ok Computer or their Sandinista. It's the album where the bandThis is an outstanding album by one of America's great rock bands. It's their Ok Computer or their Sandinista. It's the album where the band finds the right mix of talent and experimentation. Each band member shines from Bryce's strings to Matt's voice to Scott's emotional bass lines to Aaron's gorgeous piano work to Bryan's incredible drumming. Is it a good starting point for a new fan? No. That would probably be Trouble Will Find Me or Boxer. However, it's a gift to the loyal fans. It is an experiment that almost always works and brings incredible emotional depth to the music. Expand
  7. May 21, 2019
    5
    There are bits and pieces of their past albums' inspirations sprinkled throughout the 60+ minute run-time of "I Am Easy to Find". All of thoseThere are bits and pieces of their past albums' inspirations sprinkled throughout the 60+ minute run-time of "I Am Easy to Find". All of those bits, however, are swallowed whole by horridly boring melodies and ballads. The National has created what is easily their worst release to date. Expand

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