The National - Graceless | Track Review | By Volume

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The National


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Author: on June 9, 2013

“Graceless” is a rumbling National song, one which bubbles with gentle menace before its full chorus lets off the weight a little. But that’s just the first half; at around its midway point, the centrepiece of Trouble Will Find Me (to my ears, anyhow) kicks out, as Berninger asserts: “it’s the side effects that save us.”

What follows is the best example of the National’s talents in twelve years of recording; a repeated line, “there’s a science to walking through windows”, slinks in innocuously, ambiguous and distant, but after three turns, Bryan Devendorf executes the most gorgeous ripple, and Berninger completes the thought: “there’s a science to walking through windows without you.” Beautiful, cutting, and strangely heartwarming, “Graceless” is a cut which evidences every fantastic facet of a band with plenty to go around.


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