The National – Terrible Love
I saw The National on Wednesday at the Hammersmith Apollo. It was a show that sometimes lost a little momentum due to the very nature of the songs The National write. However, this was noticeable only because of those occasions when the band strung together a selection of songs and got the pacing of the show completely right.
Off the new album songs ‘Bound to Beg’ and ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’ stood out, but I’m choosing ‘Terrible Love’ which they finished with.
The National – Slow Show
As if sensing The National were to imminently announce a new single and tour I had begun listening to them again rather a lot recently. And now after the release of the single and, through some enterprising work undertaken by my friend Euan, securing a London ticket (this made even more exciting because – for reasons to lengthy to go into now – this will be my first big gig for some years) my listening has continued; playing their 2007 album Boxer quite a few times, off which ‘Slow Show’ is one of my favourite songs.