THIS week I'm taking a look at some the best of the new releases.
The National -- Trouble Will Find Me After a 14 year career, with each release by The National comes a certain weight of expectation, yet this pressure never gets to them -- each release seems to flow nicely into each other and each record is pure genius.
Now on their sixth LP of intelligent indie-rock, this record, Trouble Will Find Me, is not in my opinion their best, but still a five star effort and possibly the best record to start with if you have not heard them before.
This was a big budget record, and in my opinion it would have been easy for The National to fall into the same trap as Kings of Leon and Coldplay with records that are safe and filled with pop tunes.
The National, however, have stayed far away from creating a stadium anthem style record and have stayed true their roots.
Albums by The National should be viewed as distinct chapters of a much larger book, which is still being written. There are no sharp ruptures between their records and each develops in its own way and pace after repeated plays, contributing to an overall rock solid record.
The only band I can think of who are close to them in that sense is Elbow.
This record does take a while for you to get into, but once it has fully grown on you it's quite addictive and it always leaves you wanting more.
Swim Deep -- Where the Heaven Are We? NME have had plenty to say about this band recently. They have made them their new favourite band; but that is not always a good thing in my opinion!
The record is finely produced and filled with songs that would be enjoyable in the summertime. It is a record that is worth listening to, but it is far from a classic that NME thought it might be.
You can clearly tell that Blur are a big influence on Swim Deep, and a few of the songs are even reminiscent of The Charlatans.
It is a record that has that mid 90's indie sound, but if it was released during that time, I highly doubt it would have made an impact on anybody. However it is worth listening to as you can clearly see that there is potential there for them to make something grand.
It is also a change from the monotone acts that the charts are filled with at present.
Both records are available at Llanelli Music Library for just Pounds 1 for three weeks! Go ahead and try them!
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