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Although formed during the post-punk revival of the late '90s, the National took inspiration from a wider set of influences, including country-rock, Americana, indie rock, and Brit-pop. The lineup began taking shape in Ohio and officially cemented itself in New York, with baritone vocalist Matt Berninger joining forces with two sets of brothers -- Scott (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums), and Aaron (guitar) and Bryce Dessner (guitar). After establishing themselves as a live act, the bandmates made their studio debut with The National, a self-titled record that appeared in 2001 to considerable acclaim. Two years later, the band returned with Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, a deft blending of alternative country and chamber pop that found the band partnering with producer Peter Katis. The National continued working with Katis throughout the rest of the decade. Following the release of an EP, Cherry Tree, in 2004, the band signed with Beggars Banquet and released Alligator. Although sales were modest, Alligator proved to be one of the year's most critically approved releases. Released in 2007, Boxer, an ambitious effort that featured orchestration by the Clogs' Padma Newsome and piano by Sufjan Stevens, fared similarly well. It also became the band's first album to chart fairly well, peaking at number 67 on the Billboard 200. A documentary by French filmmaker Vincent Moon was released in 2008, capturing the band during the Boxer recording sessions. That same year, the National released The Virginia EP, a collection of new material and various B-sides, and began working on a new studio album with Katis. High Violet appeared two years later, earning the guys the highest marks of their career and going gold in multiple countries. Trouble Will Find Me, the group's sixth long-player, was issued in 2013 and featured guest appearances from Sharon Van Etten, Sufjan Stevens, Dark Dark Dark's Nona Marie Invie, St. Vincent, Doveman, and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Perry. The Grammy-nominated album peaked at the number three slot on the Billboard 200. In 2015 the group issued a limited-edition nine-LP box set entitled Lot of Sorrow, which chronicled the group's epic 2013 MoMA-hosted performance art collaboration with Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, which saw the band perform the song "Sorrow" (from High Violet) for six straight hours (105 times). ~ Andrew Leahey
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Albums by
The National

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    13 songs

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    Trouble Will Find Me

    11 songs

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    High Violet

    19 songs

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    High Violet [Expanded Edition]

    12 songs

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    Boxer

    13 songs

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    Alligator

    12 songs

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    The National

    12 songs

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    Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers

    11 songs

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    S. Caterina

    1 song

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    Sunshine on My Back

    2 songs

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    I Need My Girl

    1 song

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    Exile Vilify (From the Game Portal 2)

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    Think You Can Wait (From the Film Win Win)

    2 songs

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    Apartment Story

    2 songs

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    Lit Up

    2 songs

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    Secret Meeting

    3 songs

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    Abel

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    Cherry Tree

    1 song

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    Don't Swallow The Cap

    1 song

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    Demons

    1 song

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    Conversation 16

    2 songs

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    Terrible Love

    11 songs

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    Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers

    12 songs

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    The Virginia EP

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    A Skin, A Night & The Virginia EP

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Top Songs by
The National

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  2.   Bloodbuzz Ohio
  3.   Fake Empire
  4.   Mistaken for Strangers
  5.   Start a War
  6.   Apartment Story
  7.   Abel
  8.   Lit Up
  9.   Conversation 16
  10.   Don't Swallow the Cap
  11.   Racing Like a Pro
  12.   Afraid of Everyone
  13.   Daughters of the Soho Riots
  14.   Graceless
  15.   Demons
  16.   England
  17.   Terrible Love
  18.   Cardinal Song
  19.   Anyone's Ghost
  20.   Runaway
  21.   Green Gloves
  22.   Squalor Victoria
  23.   Mr. November
  24.   I Need My Girl
  25.   Sorrow
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