hmv's Albums Of The Year...#7 The National's Trouble Will Find Me
Over the last month, we've asked all our staff members to vote for their favourite albums of 2013 and they've responded in droves. Over 500 albums received votes, but, after every vote has been counted, we have our final tally. In at #7, The National's Trouble Will Find Me.
Hailing from Ohio and now based in New York, The National have been steadily carving out a niche in the public’s consciousness for over ten years now. In that time, they have graduated from the humble beginnings of their eponymous debut, recorded before the band had even played any live shows, to unlikely chart-storming success with their 2010 album, High Violet, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 100 and No. 5 on the UK Album Chart.
If High Violet was the point at which the band finally crystallised their sound, this year’s follow-up, Trouble Will Find Me, represents a refinement of that achievement. As with their last album, the new record is entirely self-produced by the band - chiefly by one of the pairs of brothers in the line-up, Aaron & Bryce Dessner.
While this might be one of the more surprising entries in our 2013 Top 10, it doesn’t take long to understand why they have become so popular. The songs are well-crafted, the lyrics are honest and emotive while the arrangements are extremely well-balanced; this is band which has mastered the art of knowing when to let a chorus bloom, and when a little more restraint is required.
The result is a finely honed album that reached No. 3 in the UK and the U.S., also reaching Top Ten positions in a further twelve countries. For any newcomers to the band, fans of acts like Iron & Wine and Wilco should find plenty to enjoy on this record. Highlights include the shuffling groove of ‘Demons’ and the delicately mournful ‘I Need My Girl’, but all 13 songs are very strong and if this kind of thing is your bag, Trouble Will Find Me should be finding its way into your record collection in the near future.
Best Track: ‘Graceless’