It’s true that The National rarely miss, but in my opinion neither “The Demon” nor “Don’t Swallow the Cap” would qualify as more than mere fillers on High Violet. That says perhaps more of the quality of their previous record, but I cannot help feeling that there aren’t enough slow build-ups to epic pinnacles and tension-filled tempo-changes compared to the singles of their previous two albums. Well, with “Sea of Love”, Berninger & Co return to great form with a bursting jaunt, packing everything I love about the band. It shows the band recreating some of the mood and textures that made High Violet such a wonderful album. Perhaps not entirely on-par with their career heights, but it does make feel a lot more excitement towards the release of Trouble Will Find Me.
As a former producer I’m usually more interested in harmonies and structures, while seldom give much thought to lyrics. There are of course exceptions and Matt Berninger’s profound lyrics are one of them. The lyrics of “Sea of Love” deal with self-destruction and throbbing, in the same repetitive form as in “Terrible Love” or “Sorrow”: “If I stay here trouble will find me / If I stay here I’ll never leave / If I stay here trouble will find me / I believe.” It also seems that these are the lines that gave birth to the album’s title. Out on 20th May.
- The National bring “Trouble Will Find Me” to the Artists Den (daniyrselfclean.wordpress.com)
- The National Release New Music Video (meltingalbumreviews.wordpress.com)
- NEW The National/Sea Of Love (daniyrselfclean.wordpress.com)
- Video: The National – “Sea of Love” (obscuresound.com)
- The National’s new video for ‘Sea of Love’ stars a child playing air guitar (deathandtaxesmag.com)