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
|1||Nobody Else Will Be There||The National||4:39||USD 1.29|
|2||Day I Die||The National||4:31||USD 1.29|
|3||Walk It Back||The National||5:59||USD 1.29|
|4||The System Only Dreams in Tota||The National||3:56||USD 1.29|
|5||Born to Beg||The National||4:22||USD 1.29|
|6||Turtleneck||The National||3:00||USD 1.29|
|7||Empire Line||The National||5:23||USD 1.29|
|8||I'll Still Destroy You||The National||5:15||USD 1.29|
|9||Guilty Party||The National||5:38||USD 1.29|
|10||Carin at the Liquor Store||The National||3:33||USD 1.29|
|11||Dark Side of the Gym||The National||4:50||USD 1.29|
|12||Sleep Well Beast||The National||6:31||USD 1.29|
After four long years they're finally back! Loved "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness," can't wait for the full album!
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."
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.
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.
The National never disappoint. We've waited like patience on a monument for this.