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Ce huitième album de The National se distingue par de petits grains de sable bienvenus dans la mécanique huilée du groupe américain, à commencer par la présence de nombreuses chanteuses venues apporter leur soutien au leader Matt Berninger sur la plupart des morceaux. On retiendra notamment la performance de Gail Ann Dorsey (bassiste de David Bowie) sur You Had Your Soul With You, ainsi que celles, particulièrement habitées, de Lisa Hannigan et Mina Tindle sur, respectivement, So Far So Fast et le très émouvant Oblivions. Pourquoi cette présence féminine soudaine au sein d’un groupe exclusivement masculin ? Sans doute parce que l’album est né après que le cinéaste Mike Mills a proposé à The National d’illustrer en chansons son moyen-métrage I Am Easy to find, qui se trouve être le portrait d’une femme. C’est donc le rapport aux images qui a mis un coup de pied dans la fourmilière de la pop du groupe de Brooklyn. On note par ailleurs, ici ou là, quelques références à certains classiques du cinéma, en particulier à Roman Holiday de William Wyler (1953).

Mais à part ces quelques nouveautés cinématographico-féminines, les admirateurs de The National retrouveront la mélancolie légendaire du groupe, à la fois dans les textes et la musique. On retiendra notamment la présence de nappes de cordes déchirantes sur tous les morceaux (seule exception : les violons staccato de Where Is Her Head), ainsi qu’un piano introspectif récurrent (en particulier dans le très beau Light Years). Quant à la rythmique si singulière de Bryan Devendorf, elle joue sur les contrastes puisqu’on trouve ici de percutantes saccades (RylanThe Pull of You), ou là un toucher sensuel (Hairpin Turns, I Am Easy to Find). © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz


 

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1
You Had Your Soul With You
00:03:26

Mike Mills, Producer - Ben Russell, AssociatedPerformer - Logan Coale, AssociatedPerformer - Caleb Burhans, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The National, MainArtist - Thomas Bartlett, Composer - Gail Ann Dorsey, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Richardson, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Berninger, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Monica Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryce Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Gandelsman, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfram Koessel, AssociatedPerformer - Caitlin Lynch, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Hyun, AssociatedPerformer - Andrea Lee, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Whitney, AssociatedPerformer - Guillaume Pirard, AssociatedPerformer - Carin Besser, Lyricist - Emily Dagget Smith, AssociatedPerformer - Miranda Sielaff, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Shapiro, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

2
Quiet Light
00:04:15

Mike Mills, Producer - Ben Russell, AssociatedPerformer - Logan Coale, AssociatedPerformer - Caleb Burhans, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The National, MainArtist - Alan Richardson, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Monica Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryce Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Gandelsman, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfram Koessel, AssociatedPerformer - Caitlin Lynch, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Hyun, AssociatedPerformer - Andrea Lee, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Desjardins, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Whitney, AssociatedPerformer - Guillaume Pirard, AssociatedPerformer - Domitille Gilon, AssociatedPerformer - Matthias Piccin, AssociatedPerformer - Marine Gandon, AssociatedPerformer - Pauline Hauswirth, AssociatedPerformer - Juliette Salmona, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Chenaf, AssociatedPerformer - Grégoire Dubruel, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Garoche, AssociatedPerformer - Arianna Tessier, AssociatedPerformer - Barbara Liepvre, AssociatedPerformer - Benachir Boukatem, AssociatedPerformer - Charlotte Juillard, AssociatedPerformer - Ella Jarrige, AssociatedPerformer - Emilie Duch Sauzeau, AssociatedPerformer - Leslie Boulin Raulet, AssociatedPerformer - Nikolai Spassov, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Dagget Smith, AssociatedPerformer - Miranda Sielaff, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Shapiro, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

3
Roman Holiday
00:03:34

Mike Mills, Producer - Ben Russell, AssociatedPerformer - Logan Coale, AssociatedPerformer - Caleb Burhans, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The National, MainArtist - Gail Ann Dorsey, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Richardson, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Monica Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryce Dessner, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Gandelsman, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfram Koessel, AssociatedPerformer - Caitlin Lynch, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Hyun, AssociatedPerformer - Andrea Lee, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Whitney, AssociatedPerformer - Guillaume Pirard, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Dagget Smith, AssociatedPerformer - Miranda Sielaff, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Shapiro, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

4
Oblivions
00:04:13

Joseph Brooks, Choir - Mike Mills, Producer - Ben Russell, AssociatedPerformer - Logan Coale, AssociatedPerformer - Caleb Burhans, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The National, MainArtist - Alan Richardson, AssociatedPerformer - Mina Tindle, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Monica Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryce Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Gandelsman, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfram Koessel, AssociatedPerformer - Caitlin Lynch, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Hyun, AssociatedPerformer - Andrea Lee, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Whitney, AssociatedPerformer - Guillaume Pirard, AssociatedPerformer - Natalie Hawkins, Choir - Carin Besser, Lyricist - Abigail Lienhard, Choir - Avery Soto, Choir - Emily Dagget Smith, AssociatedPerformer - Miranda Sielaff, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Shapiro, AssociatedPerformer - Aliyah Weiss, Choir - Amayah Hutchinson, Choir - Anna Vartsaba, Choir - Clara Rosarius, Choir - Clementine Vonnegut, Choir - Cora Clum, Choir - Fannie Feynberg, Choir - Jeanne Bransbourg, Choir - Lila Hasenstab, Choir - Marianna Weaver, Choir - Maya Baijal, Choir - Maya Renaud-Levine, Choir - Maya Sequira, Choir - Morgan Colton, Choir - Raquel Klein, Choir - Sarah Sotomayor, Choir - Tatyana Sgaraglino, Choir - Thalia Glyptis, Choir

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

5
The Pull Of You
00:03:58

Mike Mills, Producer - Ben Russell, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Hannigan, AssociatedPerformer - Logan Coale, AssociatedPerformer - Caleb Burhans, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The National, MainArtist - Sharon Van Etten, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Richardson, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Monica Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryce Dessner, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Gandelsman, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfram Koessel, AssociatedPerformer - Caitlin Lynch, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Hyun, AssociatedPerformer - Andrea Lee, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Whitney, AssociatedPerformer - Guillaume Pirard, AssociatedPerformer - Carin Besser, Lyricist - Emily Dagget Smith, AssociatedPerformer - Miranda Sielaff, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Shapiro, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

6
Hey Rosey
00:04:14

Mike Mills, Producer - Ben Russell, AssociatedPerformer - Logan Coale, AssociatedPerformer - Caleb Burhans, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The National, MainArtist - Gail Ann Dorsey, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Richardson, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Berninger, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Monica Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryce Dessner, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Gandelsman, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfram Koessel, AssociatedPerformer - Caitlin Lynch, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Hyun, AssociatedPerformer - Andrea Lee, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Whitney, AssociatedPerformer - Guillaume Pirard, AssociatedPerformer - Carin Besser, Lyricist - Emily Dagget Smith, AssociatedPerformer - Miranda Sielaff, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Shapiro, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

7
I Am Easy To Find
00:04:30

Joseph Brooks, Choir - Mike Mills, Producer - Ben Russell, AssociatedPerformer - Logan Coale, AssociatedPerformer - Caleb Burhans, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The National, MainArtist - Kate Stables, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Richardson, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Monica Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryce Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Gandelsman, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfram Koessel, AssociatedPerformer - Caitlin Lynch, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Hyun, AssociatedPerformer - Andrea Lee, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Whitney, AssociatedPerformer - Guillaume Pirard, AssociatedPerformer - Natalie Hawkins, Choir - Abigail Lienhard, Choir - Avery Soto, Choir - Emily Dagget Smith, AssociatedPerformer - Miranda Sielaff, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Shapiro, AssociatedPerformer - Aliyah Weiss, Choir - Amayah Hutchinson, Choir - Anna Vartsaba, Choir - Clara Rosarius, Choir - Clementine Vonnegut, Choir - Cora Clum, Choir - Fannie Feynberg, Choir - Jeanne Bransbourg, Choir - Lila Hasenstab, Choir - Marianna Weaver, Choir - Maya Baijal, Choir - Maya Renaud-Levine, Choir - Maya Sequira, Choir - Morgan Colton, Choir - Raquel Klein, Choir - Sarah Sotomayor, Choir - Tatyana Sgaraglino, Choir - Thalia Glyptis, Choir

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

8
Her Father In The Pool
00:01:02

Joseph Brooks, Choir - Mike Mills, Producer - Ben Russell, AssociatedPerformer - Logan Coale, AssociatedPerformer - Caleb Burhans, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Dessner, Producer - The National, MainArtist - Alan Richardson, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Berninger, Producer - Monica Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Bryce Dessner, Producer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Johnny Gandelsman, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfram Koessel, AssociatedPerformer - Caitlin Lynch, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Hyun, AssociatedPerformer - Andrea Lee, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Whitney, AssociatedPerformer - Guillaume Pirard, AssociatedPerformer - Natalie Hawkins, Choir - Abigail Lienhard, Choir - Avery Soto, Choir - Emily Dagget Smith, AssociatedPerformer - Miranda Sielaff, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Shapiro, AssociatedPerformer - Aliyah Weiss, Choir - Amayah Hutchinson, Choir - Anna Vartsaba, Choir - Clara Rosarius, Choir - Clementine Vonnegut, Choir - Cora Clum, Choir - Fannie Feynberg, Choir - Jeanne Bransbourg, Choir - Lila Hasenstab, Choir - Marianna Weaver, Choir - Maya Baijal, Choir - Maya Renaud-Levine, Choir - Maya Sequira, Choir - Morgan Colton, Choir - Raquel Klein, Choir - Sarah Sotomayor, Choir - Tatyana Sgaraglino, Choir - Thalia Glyptis, Choir

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

9
Where Is Her Head
00:04:41

Mike Mills, Lyricist, Producer - Ben Russell, AssociatedPerformer - Logan Coale, AssociatedPerformer - Caleb Burhans, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The National, MainArtist - Alan Richardson, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Monica Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryce Dessner, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Gandelsman, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfram Koessel, AssociatedPerformer - Caitlin Lynch, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Hyun, AssociatedPerformer - Andrea Lee, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Whitney, AssociatedPerformer - Guillaume Pirard, AssociatedPerformer - Carin Besser, Lyricist - Eve Owen, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Dagget Smith, AssociatedPerformer - Miranda Sielaff, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Shapiro, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

10
Not In Kansas
00:06:44

Mike Mills, Producer - Mark Davies, Composer - Ben Russell, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Hannigan, AssociatedPerformer - Logan Coale, AssociatedPerformer - Caleb Burhans, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The National, MainArtist - Kate Stables, AssociatedPerformer - Gail Ann Dorsey, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Richardson, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Monica Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryce Dessner, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Gandelsman, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfram Koessel, AssociatedPerformer - Caitlin Lynch, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Hyun, AssociatedPerformer - Andrea Lee, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Whitney, AssociatedPerformer - Guillaume Pirard, AssociatedPerformer - Anne Eickelberg, Composer - Brian Hageman, Composer - Hugh Swarts, Composer - Jay Paget, Composer - Emily Dagget Smith, AssociatedPerformer - Miranda Sielaff, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Shapiro, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

11
So Far So Fast
00:06:36

Joseph Brooks, Choir - Mike Mills, Producer - Lisa Hannigan, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The National, MainArtist - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryce Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Desjardins, AssociatedPerformer - Domitille Gilon, AssociatedPerformer - Matthias Piccin, AssociatedPerformer - Natalie Hawkins, Choir - Marine Gandon, AssociatedPerformer - Pauline Hauswirth, AssociatedPerformer - Juliette Salmona, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Chenaf, AssociatedPerformer - Grégoire Dubruel, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Garoche, AssociatedPerformer - Abigail Lienhard, Choir - Avery Soto, Choir - Arianna Tessier, AssociatedPerformer - Barbara Liepvre, AssociatedPerformer - Benachir Boukatem, AssociatedPerformer - Charlotte Juillard, AssociatedPerformer - Ella Jarrige, AssociatedPerformer - Emilie Duch Sauzeau, AssociatedPerformer - Leslie Boulin Raulet, AssociatedPerformer - Nikolai Spassov, AssociatedPerformer - Aliyah Weiss, Choir - Amayah Hutchinson, Choir - Anna Vartsaba, Choir - Clara Rosarius, Choir - Clementine Vonnegut, Choir - Cora Clum, Choir - Fannie Feynberg, Choir - Jeanne Bransbourg, Choir - Lila Hasenstab, Choir - Marianna Weaver, Choir - Maya Baijal, Choir - Maya Renaud-Levine, Choir - Maya Sequira, Choir - Morgan Colton, Choir - Raquel Klein, Choir - Sarah Sotomayor, Choir - Tatyana Sgaraglino, Choir - Thalia Glyptis, Choir

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

12
Dust Swirls In Strange Light
00:03:18

Joseph Brooks, Choir - Mike Mills, Lyricist, Producer - Ben Russell, AssociatedPerformer - Logan Coale, AssociatedPerformer - Caleb Burhans, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Dessner, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The National, MainArtist - Alan Richardson, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Berninger, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Monica Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryce Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Gandelsman, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfram Koessel, AssociatedPerformer - Caitlin Lynch, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Hyun, AssociatedPerformer - Andrea Lee, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Whitney, AssociatedPerformer - Guillaume Pirard, AssociatedPerformer - Natalie Hawkins, Choir - Abigail Lienhard, Choir - Avery Soto, Choir - Emily Dagget Smith, AssociatedPerformer - Miranda Sielaff, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Shapiro, AssociatedPerformer - Aliyah Weiss, Choir - Amayah Hutchinson, Choir - Anna Vartsaba, Choir - Clara Rosarius, Choir - Clementine Vonnegut, Choir - Cora Clum, Choir - Fannie Feynberg, Choir - Jeanne Bransbourg, Choir - Lila Hasenstab, Choir - Marianna Weaver, Choir - Maya Baijal, Choir - Maya Renaud-Levine, Choir - Maya Sequira, Choir - Morgan Colton, Choir - Raquel Klein, Choir - Sarah Sotomayor, Choir - Tatyana Sgaraglino, Choir - Thalia Glyptis, Choir

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

13
Hairpin Turns
00:04:27

Mike Mills, Producer - Lisa Hannigan, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The National, MainArtist - Gail Ann Dorsey, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryce Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Carin Besser, Lyricist

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

14
Rylan
00:03:43

Joseph Brooks, Choir - Mike Mills, Producer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The National, MainArtist - Kate Stables, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryce Dessner, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Natalie Hawkins, Choir - Abigail Lienhard, Choir - Avery Soto, Choir - Aliyah Weiss, Choir - Amayah Hutchinson, Choir - Anna Vartsaba, Choir - Clara Rosarius, Choir - Clementine Vonnegut, Choir - Cora Clum, Choir - Fannie Feynberg, Choir - Jeanne Bransbourg, Choir - Lila Hasenstab, Choir - Marianna Weaver, Choir - Maya Baijal, Choir - Maya Renaud-Levine, Choir - Maya Sequira, Choir - Morgan Colton, Choir - Raquel Klein, Choir - Sarah Sotomayor, Choir - Tatyana Sgaraglino, Choir - Thalia Glyptis, Choir

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

15
Underwater
00:01:21

Joseph Brooks, Choir - Mike Mills, Producer - Ben Russell, AssociatedPerformer - Logan Coale, AssociatedPerformer - Caleb Burhans, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Dessner, Producer - The National, MainArtist - Alan Richardson, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Berninger, Producer - Monica Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Bryce Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Gandelsman, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfram Koessel, AssociatedPerformer - Caitlin Lynch, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Hyun, AssociatedPerformer - Andrea Lee, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Whitney, AssociatedPerformer - Guillaume Pirard, AssociatedPerformer - Natalie Hawkins, Choir - Abigail Lienhard, Choir - Avery Soto, Choir - Emily Dagget Smith, AssociatedPerformer - Miranda Sielaff, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Shapiro, AssociatedPerformer - Aliyah Weiss, Choir - Amayah Hutchinson, Choir - Anna Vartsaba, Choir - Clara Rosarius, Choir - Clementine Vonnegut, Choir - Cora Clum, Choir - Fannie Feynberg, Choir - Jeanne Bransbourg, Choir - Lila Hasenstab, Choir - Marianna Weaver, Choir - Maya Baijal, Choir - Maya Renaud-Levine, Choir - Maya Sequira, Choir - Morgan Colton, Choir - Raquel Klein, Choir - Sarah Sotomayor, Choir - Tatyana Sgaraglino, Choir - Thalia Glyptis, Choir

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

16
Light Years
00:03:33

Mike Mills, Producer - Ben Russell, AssociatedPerformer - Logan Coale, AssociatedPerformer - Caleb Burhans, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The National, MainArtist - Alan Richardson, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Monica Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Devendorf, AssociatedPerformer - Bryce Dessner, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Gandelsman, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfram Koessel, AssociatedPerformer - Caitlin Lynch, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Hyun, AssociatedPerformer - Andrea Lee, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Whitney, AssociatedPerformer - Guillaume Pirard, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Dagget Smith, AssociatedPerformer - Miranda Sielaff, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Shapiro, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

Descriptif de l'album

Ce huitième album de The National se distingue par de petits grains de sable bienvenus dans la mécanique huilée du groupe américain, à commencer par la présence de nombreuses chanteuses venues apporter leur soutien au leader Matt Berninger sur la plupart des morceaux. On retiendra notamment la performance de Gail Ann Dorsey (bassiste de David Bowie) sur You Had Your Soul With You, ainsi que celles, particulièrement habitées, de Lisa Hannigan et Mina Tindle sur, respectivement, So Far So Fast et le très émouvant Oblivions. Pourquoi cette présence féminine soudaine au sein d’un groupe exclusivement masculin ? Sans doute parce que l’album est né après que le cinéaste Mike Mills a proposé à The National d’illustrer en chansons son moyen-métrage I Am Easy to find, qui se trouve être le portrait d’une femme. C’est donc le rapport aux images qui a mis un coup de pied dans la fourmilière de la pop du groupe de Brooklyn. On note par ailleurs, ici ou là, quelques références à certains classiques du cinéma, en particulier à Roman Holiday de William Wyler (1953).

Mais à part ces quelques nouveautés cinématographico-féminines, les admirateurs de The National retrouveront la mélancolie légendaire du groupe, à la fois dans les textes et la musique. On retiendra notamment la présence de nappes de cordes déchirantes sur tous les morceaux (seule exception : les violons staccato de Where Is Her Head), ainsi qu’un piano introspectif récurrent (en particulier dans le très beau Light Years). Quant à la rythmique si singulière de Bryan Devendorf, elle joue sur les contrastes puisqu’on trouve ici de percutantes saccades (RylanThe Pull of You), ou là un toucher sensuel (Hairpin Turns, I Am Easy to Find). © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz


 

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