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Cherry Tree EP

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Mattia It's difficult to say, what the best song on this recording is. I would have said "All the Wine", however that song is really part of the album "Alligator". Though Cherry Tree is not as coherent as a release, as the National's albums, there are some marvelous songs on here. About today is an Opera, Murder me Rachel a drunk frenzy. Not what I would recommend to someone as a first point of contact with the band, but a nice collection of songs, complementing the National's long list of albums. Favorite track: About Today.
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Judy Humphries Spare, striking vocal and stripped-back arrangements that nonetheless completely fill the room with emotion. Favorite track: About Today.
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Benny Nitro About Today is one of my favourite songs by The National. Favorite track: About Today.
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The National's sophomore album, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (2003), found the band emerging onto a larger stage. Uncut called it "a genuine treasure" and named it an album of the year; it was hailed by Rolling Stone and the indie media; and Magnet, La Liberation (Paris), and the Chicago Tribune were only a few of the publications to tap it for their year-end lists.

In France, the band had become such a sensation that renowned DJ Bernard Lenoir invited them to perform on his Black Sessions -- following US buzz bands like The Rapture and Interpol. A track from that session, "Murder Me Rachel" occupies the warm-blooded heart of Cherry Tree, a 7-song collection that delves the depths and brought their tension-wire rock to new heights. Clocking in at just under thirty minutes Cherry Tree was an EP, a mini-LP, or a bridge to the future. It features five new songs and two bonus tracks, including one of those aforementioned live performance from France inter radio and a trans-oceanic duet between the National's singer Matt Berninger and Clogs' Padma Newsome.

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released July 20, 2004

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The National are a Brooklyn-based five-piece hailing from Ohio. The group contains two pairs of brothers -- Bryce Dessner (guitars), Aaron Dessner (bass, guitars), Scott Devendorf (bass, guitars), and Bryan Devendorf (drums) -- and features Matt Berninger on vocals. ... more

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