Laugh Track (studio album) by The National
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The best album by The National is High Violet which is ranked number 130 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 11,889.
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|28 hours ago||mostlymor||6,020||79/100|
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This album is rated in the top 6% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 76.0/100, a mean average of 77.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 8.1.
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Much more colourful and varied than it's companion album, and their best release since 2017's Sleep Well Beast.
Look, I love First Two Pages of Frankenstein. It's a record that took time for me to appreciate, but that I love like pretty much all of The National's discography. But Laugh Track? The band is COOKING.
Where the band's songs from High Violet on became bedded in moody textures, and even their smallest songs could not help being cinematic, Laugh Track is their least precious collection of songs in the best way possible. The immediacy and warmth recalls Alligator or Boxer, although the refined performances are more akin to the latter. There's an easiness to Laugh Track that The National has only shown off sporadically, but that drives this record, going their hardest this consistently for the first time in over a decade. Hell, "Smoke Detector" is the first genuinely upbeat closer the band has put on an album since "Mr. November." There's still dense instrumentation, but all of it sits perfectly together--Aaron Dessner really going for the most tasteful aesthetic possible. Lyrically, there's a longing which is far less forlorn, but no less poignant. Matt Berninger still has it. I'll still need some time to really dig in there.
But on the whole, if you've found The National to be a bit too slow and sleepy the last few albums, Laugh Track is a formidable and firm rebuttal.
What a turnaround. I wasn't that much into "First Two Pages of Frankenstein", but I dig this waaaaaaaay much more.
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