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The National
Beggars Banquet
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April 11, 2005

Repressed on vinyl with a download card. On The National's third album and first for Beggars Banquet, Matt Berninger's potent baritone still intones about matters fraught and funny and sad, about record collections, missing persons and medium-sized American hearts. But the record's not simply gothic or miserable. More like the plays of Tennessee Williams, it's full of peculiar intimacies and awkward grace. Alligator's heroes are reckless and possessed seducers, but they are apologetic ones. In The National's imaginings, in songs alternately lush and spare, there is something twilit and dreamy worked out in the basement of our brains. It has the bravado of Leonard Cohen and a spare elegance unheard since The Triffids.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Secret Meeting 3:44 Buy

    Secret Meeting

  2. 2 Karen 3:59 Buy


  3. 3 Lit Up 2:55 Buy

    Lit Up

  4. 4 Looking for Astronauts 3:23 Buy

    Looking for Astronauts

  5. 5 Daughters of the Soho Riots 3:58 Buy

    Daughters of the Soho Riots

  6. 6 Baby We'll Be Fine 3:21 Buy

    Baby We'll Be Fine

  7. 7 Friend of Mine 3:25 Buy

    Friend of Mine

  8. 8 Val Jester 3:00 Buy

    Val Jester

  9. 9 All the Wine 3:15 Buy

    All the Wine

  10. 10 Abel 3:37 Buy


  11. 11 The Geese of Beverly Road 4:56 Buy

    The Geese of Beverly Road

  12. 12 City Middle 4:27 Buy

    City Middle

  13. 13 Mr. November 4:00 Buy

    Mr. November

The National

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