The National - Trouble Will Find Me

Fifth full-length Trouble Will Find Me from The National finds the critically acclaimed Brooklyn band arriving at a new inner-peace mindset that probably owes more to sheer exhaustion -- tours, children -- than anything else. Not to mention the re-immersion into the deep pool of classic songwriting from the likes of Neil Young, Roy Orbison and Cat Stevens that has brought their songs a less mannered more direct focus. The creative tension that accompanied the recording of The National's two most recent albums -- 2007's Boxer, 2010's High Violet -- has been replaced with a confidence and what the band's Aaron Dessner refers to as the band's return to a "free wheeling" approach adding, "It just feels like we've embraced the chemistry we have." That particular musical molecular structure remains grandly brooding with frontman Matt Berninger's baritone still commanding the spotlight. But there's a lighter touch and more simply laid out strategy this time around, fewer churning rock dirges, more crisply delineated lines. In the end an album that's "more fun", says Aaron, "or at least The National’s version of fun.” Stream "Don't Swallow The Cap" and watch the videos for "Sea of Love" and "Demons" below...

The National - 'I Should Live In Salt' (from Trouble Will Find Me)

The National - 'Don't Swallow the Cap' (from Trouble Will Find Me)