Alligator (studio album) by The National

Alligator by The National
Year: 2005
Release date: 2005-04-12
Overall rank: 424th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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80/100 (from 682 votes)
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Award Top 100 albums of the 2000s (73rd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (424th)
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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 134 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 12,661.

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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 682 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 80.0/100, a mean average of 78.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.6.

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85/100
From 01/19/2022 23:45
An album that starts off very strongly but then takes a dip in quality in the middle and then redeems itself with some of the closing tracks. Vocally, it is one of my favourite performances on a National album with it being more husky and masculine. The lyrics that accompany this are also very strong and some of the best writing the group has done is on the opening track which is my favourite song. It isn't the only example of great lyricism on this record though as there is many more moments which are great. The atmosphere and vibe they are going for on here is very well maintained and that creates one of the groups most cohesive and complete listens. However, those few songs in the middle which dip in terms of writing and musically just hold this album back for me. Overall, I love this record and think it is a contender with The Boxer to be their best record in my opinion.
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75/100
From 01/04/2022 14:08
I came to this band late - 2019. Starting with Boxer and High Violet. Saw them live that year. This album although earlier than those albums is no less impressive
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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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