(photo of lead singer Matt Berninger, by Eugene Gologursky)


Every two years or so, this one particular song by The National, from the album Boxer, demands my esteem. If you know The National at all, you also know that their entire discography is praiseworthy, so singling this song out doesn’t say much about them. It says more about what I deem of thematic importance in their music.

A devoted, impassioned worship of intellect (no Ayn Randian undertones, promise). Here you go:


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