Sleep Well Beast

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Sleep Well Beast is the seventh studio album by The National. The album was released on September 8, 2017, on 4AD. Tracklist: 01 Nobody Else Will Be There 02 Day I Die 03 Walk It Back 04 The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness 05 Born to Beg 06 Turtleneck 07 Empire Line 08 I’ll Still Destroy You 09 Guilty Party 10 Carin at the Liquor Store 11 Dark Side of the Gym 12 Sleep Well Beast

Sleep Well Beast by The National Album Songs (12)

Nobody Else Will Be ThereThe National 4:39USD 1.29
Day I DieThe National 4:31USD 1.29
Walk It BackThe National 5:59USD 1.29
The System Only Dreams in TotaThe National 3:56USD 1.29
Born to BegThe National 4:22USD 1.29
TurtleneckThe National 3:00USD 1.29
Empire LineThe National 5:23USD 1.29
I'll Still Destroy YouThe National 5:15USD 1.29
Guilty PartyThe National 5:38USD 1.29
Carin at the Liquor StoreThe National 3:33USD 1.29
Dark Side of the GymThe National 4:50USD 1.29
Sleep Well BeastThe National 6:31USD 1.29

Sleep Well Beast Album Reviews


Loving it  Celticsalldayeveryday  5 star

A band continues to make the same style of music, they'll get criticized for not changing it up. If they pursue new sounds, they'll still get criticized. Keep it up Matt & Co., the real fans are still here.

mr. November and December

Mr. November and December  mr. November and December  2 star

I have been in love with this band since Alligator came out. Alligator and Boxer are two of my all-time favorite releases . But like all great bands they feel like they have to redefine themselves every other album. They missed the mark , pure trash!


Finally  Lulu3636  5 star

I'm literally out of breath and I have little stars and happy bluebirds circling around my head. I hope this is excitement and not a stroke. Cannot wait.

King Colon

Complete Trash  King Colon  1 star

What happened? The new single is all over the place with a screeching guitar. Sounds like they have put WAY TOO MUCH attention into their left-wing politics and forgotten how to make decent music.

Captains C

The National is back!  Captains C  5 star

After four long years they're finally back! Loved "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness," can't wait for the full album!

A critic's critic

"I can't explain it...", but I'll try.  A critic's critic  5 star

Words could never do justice to the superior quality of music that this band never fails to produce. With the exceptions of Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, and Sigur Ros, this band has no equal in the indie world in regards to production and song writing. Their unfailing commit to detail and innovation is no "secret" on this track, as key board, guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, piano, and gorgeous background vocals simultaneously shine individually, while also complementing and interweaving into Matt's brooding vocals. A song writing trick that the national have mastered and appears in this song, is the use an additional refrain section that appears later on in the song. After the verse and chorus are established, the unexpected refrain, "I can't explain it...", comes out of nowhere, and ends up being the gorgeous highlight and finish of this song. The vibe of "The System" is more experimental, and brings Aaron's sharp riff-based guitar to the forefront of the mix - a welcome change in my opinion. The production has more of the muscle and punch of "Boxer", but still retains the nuance and detail of "High Violet." In short, the National's streak of unfailing consistency, and engrossing depth of quality continues, and this song will prove to be a new classic amongst the other new classics to come. Bottom line: This is a "System" I actually want to be a part of. And "I can't explain it any other way."

A Treausure

Order has been restored  A Treausure  5 star

I've been waiting for this record for quite some time and I am sure it will not disappoint. Solid bad. Solid song writing. Solid musicianship. Can't wait to see that at the Greek in Berkeley.


Finally  ArkansasAdvisor  5 star



Beauty and the Beast  adrianrcarter  5 star

This single bodes extremely well for things to come. Somehow the arrangement and textures achieve both precision and abandon. These dudes are locked in, focused, and creative. The beast sleeps well indeed.


Keeping music alive.  Monksareit  5 star

The National never disappoint. We've waited like patience on a monument for this.

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