Sleep Well Beast - The National Critic Reviews

Sleep Well Beast - The National User Reviews

  • 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.
  • Their best yet..

    5
    By Why so late boy
    In my opinion probably their best album in their discography. Accessible, deep, layered, everything you want in an album from The National. Top 5 for 2017!
  • Sleep Well Beast

    4
    By D-Unit
    The National just never disappoint, it seems as if they're incapable of making a bad album. However, after a string of perfect (or close to it) albums, SWB is just great but sadly not brilliant. The National almost never have filler tracks but there's a couple here. Mainly the title track that closes the album. At 7 minutes, there's really nothing remotely memorable in it. It just kinda meanders. That's true with "walk it back" too which strives to be experimental and haunting but achieves neither of those things. Matt even sounds like he's bored on those songs. But for those few songs, there's the beautiful opener "nobody else will be there" and the brilliant and catchy "day I die". They even have a fun loud song in here "turtleneck" which makes things on the album a little more unpredictable. The first single "the system only dreams in total darkness" sounds pretty different than most National songs and is already one of my favorites. Most of the album is beautiful but things get slightly boring on "swb" "walk it back" and "empire line"
  • Svidmnt

    5
    By Bruhbro
    Sahjitt

The National Concert Tickets

Date Details Price
22 March 2018
Thursday 03:30 AM
The National with Spoon
Circo Voador - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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28 April 2018
Saturday 03:30 AM
The National
Smale Riverfront Park - Cincinnati, OH 45202
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28 April 2018
Saturday 03:30 AM
Homecoming with The National
Smale Riverfront Park - Cincinnati, OH 45202
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29 April 2018
Sunday 11:00 PM
Homecoming with The National, Father John Misty, Feist, and more
Smale Riverfront Park - Cincinnati, OH 45202
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30 April 2018
Monday 07:00 PM
The National with Big Thief
Sprint Pavilion - Charlottesville, VA 22902
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01 May 2018
Tuesday 07:30 PM
The National with Big Thief
Red Hat Amphitheater - Raleigh, NC 27601
From $56
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03 May 2018
Thursday 07:00 PM
The National with Big Thief
Ascend Amphitheater - Nashville, TN 37203
From $60
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04 May 2018
Friday 03:30 AM
Shaky Knees Music Festival (3 Day Pass) with Jack White, Queens Of The Stone Age, The National, and more
Central Park - Atlanta, GA 30308
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04 May 2018
Friday 08:00 PM
The National with Big Thief
U.S. Cellular Center - Asheville, NC 28801
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05 May 2018
Saturday 08:00 PM
The National with Big Thief
St Augustine Amphitheatre - Saint Augustine, FL 32084
From $69
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06 May 2018
Sunday 11:30 AM
Shaky Knees Music Festival (Sunday Pass) with Sir Sly, Lord Huron, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Central Park - Atlanta, GA 30308
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25 May 2018
Friday 03:30 AM
Boston Calling Music Festival (3 Day Pass) with Eminem, The Killers, Jack White, and more
Harvard Athletic Complex - Boston, MA 02134
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25 May 2018
Friday 03:30 AM
Sasquatch! Festival (3 Day Pass) with Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse, and more
Gorge Amphitheatre - George, WA 98848
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25 May 2018
Friday 02:30 PM
Boston Calling Music Festival (Friday Pass) with The Killers, The National, Paramore, and more
Harvard Athletic Complex - Boston, MA 02134
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04 August 2018
Saturday 02:30 PM
The National with Father John Misty
Fort York National Historic Site - Toronto, Canada
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