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Old 05-22-2008, 04:11 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Does anyone else think their drummer sounds like a drum machine (in a good way)?
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Old 05-22-2008, 04:29 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Does anyone else think their drummer sounds like a drum machine (in a good way)?
Yes.

I suspect there was extensive use of looping anyway, on at least a couple of the songs on Boxer.
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Old 05-22-2008, 04:40 PM   #43 (permalink)
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It becomes monotonous after a while and my attention span is that of a goldfish. Alligator was a much more diverse album and managed to keep my attention even through some weaker songs.
I wouldn't even blame your attention span, I've listened to Boxer several times and while I enjoy it I honestly can't pick songs/choruses out the way I can with Alligator.

Anyway the National's drummer is one of the best I've ever heard. The dude's a wizard and very tasteful, it's obvious he adds something with his drumming but it's never out of place or seems like showing off.
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Old 05-22-2008, 04:47 PM   #44 (permalink)
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His drumming was pretty much the highlight of Boxer for me...:\ Well that and the moment when the trumpets kick in on Fake empire...
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Old 05-22-2008, 04:57 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Definitely, I haven't gotten that hot over Horns since The National Anthem.
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:27 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Never fails to give me goosebumps...stunning...<3
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Old 05-22-2008, 07:53 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Life In A Glass House? Gotta love the Clarinet line. Yah, Alligator is more accessible in the sense that there's more going on, but I like the sound of Boxer more, I think it complements the vocals perfectly.
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Old 05-25-2008, 04:46 PM   #48 (permalink)
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their whole sound is mostly based on the drumming.it's very weird that they sound so great when they actually play simple pieces
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:14 PM   #49 (permalink)
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Yah, they have a great drummer. Their sound is very layered, especially on Boxer, it's hard to make out individual instruments sometimes.
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:43 PM   #50 (permalink)
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The National is one of the best bands around right now. I finally got into "Alligator" and realized its greatness after listening to "Boxer".
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