The National - Alligator

Limited Lime Green Vinyl LP Record Reissue + Download

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Alligator is the third studio album by American indie rock band The National, released in April 2005 by Beggars Banquet Records.

The National, for those who are just coming in, is comprised of two sets of brothers - Bryce and Aaron Dessner, Scott and Bryan Devendorf - and Matt Berninger (plus shadow member Padma Newsom). 

The National may sound like a garage band turned down, but there's as much primal energy lurking behind Alligator as in any group of city kids with guitairs in a dusty warehouse.

While Matt Berninger's lyrics and conversational delivery rely heavily on the kind of literate self-absorption that fuels so much of the indie rock, he never comes off as preachy or unaware that the world would manage just fine without him. Rather, he uses metaphor and humour as bullet points for a profound sense of displacement and anger.

Tracks like the brooding but lovely "Karen", are effective because the listener is brought into the story slowly, almost amiably, before being led to the plank. Berninger's wry, filthy, and often eloquently sad tales of materialism, sex, and loneliness are augmented by the stellar duel-sibling attack of the band, who flesh out each track with so many little creative flourishes that it takes a few listens to break them down into palatable portions.

There are upbeat moments found within - "Lit Up" and "Looking For Astronauts" - but for the most part the National are content with playing the genial fatalists, and while "All The Wine" seems designed to serve as the record's desolate backbone, "Baby, We'll Be Fine", with its quick changes, lush orchestration, and winsome refrain is, despite an elegiac delivery, Alligator's loneliest track, and like each part of this fine collection of city-weary poetry, it's as brief as it is affecting.

Alligator captures the hopeless sentiment with perfectly balanced musicianship.

Check out the tracks: “Abel”; “Secret Meeting” and “Lit Up”.

This Limited Edition LP reissue with a digital download is pressed in the UK on Lime Green 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(607618024116)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Secret Meeting

3:44

A2

Karen

3:59

A3

Lit Up

2:55

A4

Looking For Astronauts

3:23

A5

Daughters Of The Soho Riots

3:59

A6

Baby, We’ll Be Fine

3:21

A7

Friend Of Mine

3:25

B1

Val Jester

3:00

B2

All The Wine

3:15

B3

Abel

3:37

B4

The Geese Of Beverly Road

4:57

B5

City Middle

4:28

B6

Mr. November

3:57

SKU 607618024116
Record Label Beggars Banquet Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number BBQLP 241
Country UK - United Kingdom
Release Date (Year) 01 January 2011
Original Release Date (Year) 12 April 2005
Barcode # 607618024116
Shipping Weight 0.3050kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Lime Green 180 Gram Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Digital Download Code, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Lime
Genre Rock
Genre Indie Rock
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Blues Rock
Format VINYL LP

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