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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: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  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. May 14, 2019
    80
    One does eventually feel the album’s length, with the stretch of songs in between “You Left Your Soul with You” and “I Am Easy to Find” feeling comparatively pedestrian—the sounds of a band treading more familiar ground before really staring to take chances. But once they do, the sprawl quickly begins to justify itself, revealing some of the most ambitious music the National has ever made.
  4. May 16, 2019
    80
    On I Am Easy to Find, another standard-bearing indie dude brand has reconfigured itself with multiple women’s voices at the LP’s core, a portion of the roughly 77 musicians that temporarily explode the band’s quintet. ... They pull it off without diluting their National-ness.
  5. May 28, 2019
    80
    While the National have been transformed and enhanced by the tendrils of connection that have grown out into a wider world here with this bold and remarkable series of collaborations and joint ventures, they also remain their essential selves.
  6. May 16, 2019
    76
    Although the album is the band’s biggest yet, with a cast of dozens including 13 violinists alone, it rarely feels bulky. Only the too-Arcade-Fire-for-comfort “Where Is Her Head” succumbs to grandiosity, prioritizing spectacle over purpose.
  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: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. 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
  2. May 18, 2019
    10
    I Am Easy to Find is an overwhelming, emotional journey through the dark, fragile parts of life. The National consolidate their identity asI Am Easy to Find is an overwhelming, emotional journey through the dark, fragile parts of life. The National consolidate their identity as one of the most brilliant indie rock bands out there. Expand
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. May 17, 2019
    9
    Awesome album from start to finish. A beautiful album and some of their best. Definitely a solid 9. Best new indie album of 2019! Hands down.
  6. May 26, 2019
    8
    É um álbum que, dentro do seu propósito, se posiciona de uma maneira confortável. Instrumentalmente falando não apresenta grande impacto, oÉ um álbum que, dentro do seu propósito, se posiciona de uma maneira confortável. Instrumentalmente falando não apresenta grande impacto, o destaque fica para as letras profundas e coesas (Roman Holiday é um exemplo disso). Há um rodízio de vozes interessante entre as faixas. 63 minutos para um álbum excessivamente linear confesso que não sei se gosto, fico na dúvida. É um belo trabalho, CONFORTÁVEL é a definição mais apropriada. Expand
  7. muz
    May 23, 2019
    3
    I am (or was) a big fan of The National. If you've always wished The National was a vocal collaboration band, this is your album. It justI am (or was) a big fan of The National. If you've always wished The National was a vocal collaboration band, this is your album. It just doesn't work for me. Every track with a guest vocalist? Too much. I find it incoherent, inconsistent, too long and just hard to listen to. Maybe it'll grow on me. Probably not. Expand

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