The National

Formed 1999.
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The National - 6 Music Festival highlights

Highlights of The National's set at the 6 Music Festival 2014

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The National is an American indie rock band formed in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, in 1999, and currently based in Brooklyn. The band's lyrics, which have been described as "dark, melancholy and difficult to interpret", are written and sung by Matt Berninger, a baritone. The band's music is composed and performed by Aaron Dessner (guitar and keyboard), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Scott Devendorf (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums). The band has recorded six studio albums; the most recent, Trouble Will Find Me, was released in May 2013 and was nominated in the 2014 Grammys for Best Alternative Album.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of High Violet

    High Violet 2010

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    The New Yorkers’ finest disc to date is a potential album of the year.
  2. Review of Boxer

    Boxer 2007

    Reviewed by Louis Pattison
    A somewhat slighter piece of work than its predecessor, if still a pretty fine album...
  3. Review of Alligator

    Alligator 2005

    Reviewed by Chris Hilliard
    Tales of drying deltas and stolen record collections make an uneasy soundtrack for...
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