I think whatever it is the rest of you are hearing in The Arcade Fire, I’m hearing in The National. The only track off that last AF album I really like is “(Antichrist Television Blues)”, and even that feels too affected, too preciously Springsteen-ish without the naturality of Springsteen. No dynamics. Same problem I had with Sam’s Town, quite frankly: Brandon always sounds like he’s singing to a stadium, even when he ought to be singing like he’s talking quietly to a single person. Born To Run is a highlight, not a default option. Didn’t anybody listen to Nebraska?
I like music best when it’s intimate. And real intimacy isn’t about being as pretty or as fucking, I dunno, meaningful as you can be. It’s about space and silence and the unspoken. It’s whispering together in the dark.