Sleep Well Beast - The National Critic Reviews

Sleep Well Beast - The National User Reviews

  • Varsity

    5
    By wiffle ball legend
    Whatever The National does turns to gold. One of the best bands the states have produced in the last twenty years.
  • I was at the Homecoming Festival

    5
    By Yyyyyuyuuiijh
    That May seems off topic but if we don’t attach something unique and personal to our review what’s the point. Besides Grammy winning album SWB is what’s done best and right in music right now. Content and form all executed with thorough care to hit home hard good and what’s more endlessly because SWB replay value is unchallenged at this point. If you had to try a preview give The System ... Total Darkness the lead single treatment it deserves.
  • Almost Perfect!

    5
    By Mafuca
    This is the best album from an established band that I have heard since The Joshua Tree....
  • Grammy Winer

    5
    By Tomin8or
    This most recent release wonder a Grammy for Best Alternative album! Truly fantastic, and I love the use of piano throughout the album. Great work!
  • Great to OK

    3
    By pnunu
    My love for The National will survive their brief moment of depression, but compared to the last two releases, there's some punch and depth missing. We all love Matt's vocals and story telling through the band, but there is not enough diversity of story or melody. Carin from the Liquor Store is the best exception.
  • Amazing Album

    5
    By GSTugg
    It’s there best yet IMO. I love every song.
  • Very disappointed..

    1
    By mallai
    Just passionless and reaching..It feels like they've peaked and looking for what the felt previously, and its not working..
  • They are in their stride

    5
    By J. Brash
    Their songwriting is hitting their "Zen Zone" . You can tell their friendship, workmanship, and self discovery is at its all time highest level. A real pleasure to hear their journey and the world is better place for the National in it!
  • drone

    3
    By Dr.007
    love the band, but his album left me hollow. And not in the usual National way - even for them its just too plodding and lugubrious at times without drawing me in as previous albums did. Ssome of these songs are what Xanax listens to to fall asleep
  • No disappointment

    4
    By JSS64
    The National is doing something few bands can do. So often, it seems, bands peak on a third or fourth album, but continue to make music in uninspired and self-parodying ways, and fans get diminishing returns. The National, with each new album, feels like they are just hitting their stride. I've tried to explain The National's sound to friends unfamiliar with them, and it's not easy, because they embrace opposing forces. Sleep Well Beast continues to bring songs which are tight, minimalist in some ways, but which feel full--- there is a lot of instrumentation, but nothing feels crowded or overdone. There is intense emotion and life in these songs, but they are never bombastic. Songs are sedating and agitating at the same time. But then that's the reflection of the psychic material in these pieces. Sleep Well Beast is simultaneously haunting and soothing, and it's one hell of an album. Well done, National, well done.

The National Concert Tickets

Date Details Price
28 July 2018
Saturday 03:30 AM
Mo Pop Festival (Weekend Pass) with Bon Iver, Highly Suspect, Alvvays
West Riverfront Park - Detroit, MI 48216
From $219
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29 July 2018
Sunday 01:00 PM
Mo Pop Festival (Sunday Pass) with St. Vincent, Jeff Rosenstock, Turnover
West Riverfront Park - Detroit, MI 48216
From $25
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30 July 2018
Monday 08:00 PM
The National with Lucy Dacus
Riverside Theatre - Milwaukee, WI 53203
From $82
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31 July 2018
Tuesday 08:00 PM
The National with Lucy Dacus
Orpheum Theatre - Madison, WI 53703
From $53
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02 August 2018
Thursday 03:30 AM
Lollapalooza (4 Day Pass) with The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Arctic Monkeys, and more
Grant Park - Chicago, IL 60601
From $464
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02 August 2018
Thursday 11:00 PM
The National
Metro - Chicago, IL 60613
From N/A
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03 August 2018
Friday 03:30 AM
Osheaga Festival (3 Day Pass) with Travis Scott, Arctic Monkeys, Florence + the Machine, and more
Parc Jean-Drapeau - Montreal, Canada
From $363
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03 August 2018
Friday 11:00 AM
Lollapalooza (Friday Pass) with Bruno Mars, The National, Post Malone, and more
Grant Park - Chicago, IL 60601
From $224
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04 August 2018
Saturday 02:30 PM
The National with Father John Misty
Fort York National Historic Site - Toronto, Canada
From $78
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05 August 2018
Sunday 01:00 PM
Osheaga Festival (Sunday Pass) with Florence + The Machine, The National, Post Malone, and more
Parc Jean-Drapeau - Montreal, Canada
From $160
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20 September 2018
Thursday 08:00 PM
The National with Phoebe Bridgers
Hollywood Palladium - Los Angeles, CA 90028
From $97
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21 September 2018
Friday 08:00 PM
The National with Phoebe Bridgers
Hollywood Palladium - Los Angeles, CA 90028
From $101
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22 September 2018
Saturday 07:00 PM
The National with Phoebe Bridgers
Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, CA 93103
From $87
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24 September 2018
Monday 06:30 PM
The National
Greek Theatre - Berkeley - Berkeley, CA 94720
From $87
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25 September 2018
Tuesday 06:30 PM
The National
Greek Theatre - Berkeley - Berkeley, CA 94720
From $84
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27 September 2018
Thursday 07:00 PM
The National with Cat Power
Mann Center for the Performing Arts - Philadelphia, PA 19131
From $64
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28 September 2018
Friday 07:00 PM
The National with Cat Power
Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD 21044
From $71
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30 September 2018
Sunday 03:30 PM
The National with Future Islands
Forest Hills Stadium - Forest Hills, NY 11375
From $165
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05 October 2018
Friday 03:30 AM
Austin City Limits (Weekend 1 Pass) with Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, and more
Zilker Park - Austin, TX 78746
From $331
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06 October 2018
Saturday 08:00 PM
The National with Alvvays
Southside Ballroom - Dallas, TX 75215
From N/A
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