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Album review: The National's melancholic 'Trouble Will Find Me'
Album review: The National's melancholic 'Trouble Will Find Me'

Here's some important background information for anyone considering the sixth album from Brooklyn-based masters of rock 'n' roll despair the National: "I am not," singer Matt Berninger declares late in the album, on "Graceless," "my rosy self." Longtime fans may appreciate the sarcasm, as the National's music has never exactly dwelled on the bright side, but Berninger sure isn't kidding. "Trouble Will Find Me" is a difficult 55-minute listen into the lives of characters who are once again on the brink. Since 2007's "Boxer," the National has increasingly emphasized shading and texture, and here the melancholic...

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