This wouldn’t have made the cut for ‘Alligator’

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The National - 'Sea Of Love'

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The National – ‘Sea Of Love’

For some, criticising The National is a crime punishable with a compulsory shave, tote bag removal and 6 Music ban. For me, ‘Sea Of Love’ is one of the US band’s most plodding tracks. The guitars are driven and determined, but Matt Berninger’s vocals are lazy and passionless. Their success is completely deserved, but it has sated their hunger. This wouldn’t have made the cut for ‘Alligator’.

David Renshaw

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Record label:4AD