We’re counting down our writers’ top 100 albums of 2013.
3. The National – Trouble Will Find Me (4AD)
The National decided not to make a grand statement, instead stealthily releasing Trouble Will Find Me on the same day as Daft Punk’s juggernaut bestseller Random Access Memories.
Whilst, from a marketing point of view, the coincidence could appear to be a slight case of bad timing, what they’ve put out is beautifully, devastatingly timeless. This is music that can be appreciated a little bit more week-by-week, as the balmy summer days turn to despairing winter nights.
Their ability to subtly win listeners over is unrivalled, as is their hefty emotional punch. In a year where artists have taken major risks, The National have triumphed with slight yet masterful tweaks.
– Max Raymond
What we said: “Trouble Will Find Me is a collection of waves that never break. And following in the footsteps 2009’s High Violet, it finds The National shouldering the weight of the world and nearly collapsing beneath it, but doing so with unmatched grace and a steady hand. While catharsis never comes, there are glimpses of light coming through at the edges, and a sense of perfect order among the chaos.” – Andrew Burgess
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