While last year my soundtrack was sadness, as I reflect on the music that stood out to me in 2017, it appears the theme has been conflict of faith. In a world where religion seems increasingly absurd, the voices calling it out publicly naked into the light to be examined, exposing the leprosy beneath… they are the ones that ring …
I heard The National’s lead singer Matt Berninger say this after their ACL performance: “There’s something about writing songs about sadness or writing songs about anxiety that is really enjoyable.”
For some reason I did not have high expectations for this new album from The National.
I guess maybe because Boxer was so good I just assumed whatever came next would be a disappointment.
Well… I should have given these guys more credit.