Alligator (studio album) by The National

Alligator
Alligator by The National
Year: 2005
Release date: 2005-04-12
Overall rank: 399th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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80/100 (from 662 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 2005 (7th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 2000s (68th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (399th)
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The National bestography

Alligator is ranked 4th best out of 13 albums by The National on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The National is High Violet which is ranked number 126 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 13,774.

The National album bestography « Higher ranked (286th) This album (399th) Lower ranked (634th) »
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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 662 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.2/100, a mean average of 79.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.4.

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From 09/08/2020 22:44
Indie rockers The National has made a half-dozen albums that easily could have made my top 100 of all time list. That's how consistently great they've been over the past twenty years. Alligator is their best, as it's the album that best utilizes Matt Berninger's smoky baritone and often ambiguous lyrical style. The album's opener and best song, “Secret Meeting,” tells a quintessential introvert's narrative of wanting to become invisible to avoid an awkward social encounter. “Didn’t anybody tell you how to gracefully disappear in a room?” Berninger wonders over Bryan Devendorf’s sparse drum pattern before feigning an apology both plausible and absurd: “I’m sorry I missed you / I had a secret meeting in the basement of my brain.” If you can relate, you understand what it's like both craving social connection and resorting to the most desperate of tactics to avoid it.
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From 07/08/2017 21:34
Lovely. They refined their craft to this point. Lyrically, it's as strong as Boxer or High Violet - they get the slight edge for more significance musically.
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95/100
From 02/23/2017 01:33
I'm a bit surprised I like this more on first impressions than Boxer, but I will need to wait it out to see if it is truly better.

Favorite Track: Mr. November
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From 04/01/2016 18:48
I like every track on here!

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From 12/12/2015 04:55
This is definitely their magnum opus.
Best lyrics I heard in a 2005 release.
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From 08/05/2015 05:16
Great record!
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80/100
From 03/25/2015 01:06
no other artist than these can create what they do. great progression through this gem
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From 12/17/2014 20:36
Really good album, maybe in some ways I prefer it to Boxer, it's a little less claustrophobic and more energetic and fun, though not as consistent since it drops off for a few tracks in the middle. 'Lit Up' is one of their most underrated tracks.
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From 07/26/2014 09:32
Brilliant album that took longer for me to get into than their other albums but now is my favourite of theirs
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From 03/01/2014 21:48
Personal favorite of the National albums. Matt has never had a better sense of humor than he did on this one.
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