“I Ain’t The One” brings to bear the full-fledged sound that Spoon is known for, but it is slower and undeniably darker.
This music feels special, familiar even. It brings back memories, even though it’s new.
The National consistently creates music that is dark, contemplative, and worthy of a rainy day. That’s not to say it’s “feel terrible about yourself music”.
There is a lot to be appreciated in a quiet, thought provoking song like “Call it Dreaming” by Iron & Wine.
There is familiarity here, accompanied by newness and depth worth discovering slowly and methodically.
All sorts of rootsy goodness.
It’s one of those things you kind of get, but can’t be too sure if you’re right about what exactly you get.
Either way, I think it’s a good listen.
“It’s never been more important that we stick together & take care of each other” – Arcade Fire
Maybe my tastes have evolved to abhor fast food music. Maybe I’m just getting older. Maybe I just love that Bradley is a bit of throwback.
Here is the song that started it all and perhaps my personal favorite, “A Great Big Sled“, with lyrics that seem to get better and better with time.