This product is a Pre Order and is scheduled to be released 11th April 2005

This product is available on preorder with a limited discounted price.

The National - Alligator


This product is available on pre order with a limited discounted price.

On The national's third album, Matt Berninger's potent baritone still intones about matters fraught and funny and sad; about record collections, missing persons and medium-sized american hearts. But the record is not simply gothic or miserablist - more like the plays of tennessee williams, its full of peculiar intimacies and awkward grace. Alligator's heroes are reckless and possessed seducers, yet they are apologetic ones. In the national's imaginings, through songs alternately lush and spare, there is something twilit and dreamy worked out in the basement of our brains. it has the bravado of Leonard Cohen and an elegance unheard since the triffids.

1. Secret Meeting
2. Karen
3. Lit Up
4. Looking for Astronauts
5. Daughters of the Soho Riots
6. Baby, We'll Be Fine
7. Friend of Mine
8. Val Jester
9. All the Wine
10. Abel
11. The Geese of Beverly Road
12. City Middle
13. Mr. November

Release Info

Release Date: 11th April 2005
Format: LP
Label: Beggars

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"Drummer Bryan Devendorf is the backbone of Alligator, his efficient, well-textured timekeeping featuring high in the mix and neatly delineating the band's newfound sense of rhythmic consistency. The music around him moves between lushness and austerity, bursting with chamber pop ornament and collapsing into wasted after-hours reverie."

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