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The National – “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, May 10, 2017.

  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    The National have unveiled their new song “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” and pre-orders for their new album are now up.

    Track Listing

    1. Nobody Else Will Be There
    2. Day I Die
    3. Walk It Back
    4. The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
    5. Born to Beg
    6. Turtleneck
    7. Empire Line
    8. I’ll Still Destroy You
    9. Guilty Party
    10. Carin at the Liquor Store
    11. Dark Side of the Gym
    12. Sleep Well Beast

  2. This is what I like to call a "damn good song."
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  3. vein.ftm

    Trusted Prestigious

    Ohh me likey
  4. Bartek T.

    D'oh! Prestigious

    Such a good song, and some great news to wake up to today!
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  5. josh-

    Twitter: @joshcaraballin

    A fucking guitar solo?! This band is insane
  6. somethingliketj

    And that's why you always leave a note.

    My review of this song would consist of one word:


    Or, as Linda Belcher would say: Allllriiiiiight.
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  7. kwilcox


  8. VanderlyleCrybaby

    Regular Supporter

    fuck yeah
  9. bloodinthesand


    They make so many others bands sound pathetic
  10. Fucking Dustin

    Hey now we'll be okay Supporter

    This is good

    I'm cc-ing @sophos34 because I want to know if I'm right/wrong about the mix feeling off

    But I like the song
  11. This might be the most I've ever liked The National, style-wise
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  12. contra11mundum

    I hate spoilers. Supporter

    I love this band so much.
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  13. sophos34

    Prestigious Supporter

    This is one of their best songs ever mix sounded fine to me it's aggressive I like it
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  14. Fucking Dustin

    Hey now we'll be okay Supporter

    The drums just felt so off to me, like, they felt detached from the song if that makes sense. I wish I could word it better haha. But you've got the more professional ear so I'll definitely take your word for it.
  15. sophos34

    Prestigious Supporter

    I'll have to listen again in critique mode I was mostly just in awe at the songwriting and guitars
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  16. Fucking Dustin

    Hey now we'll be okay Supporter

    The songwriting/guitars are very very good

    I've liked The National songs but I definitely need to revisit their albums as a whole, I think I'd like them a lot
  17. Frinet42

    Regular Supporter

  18. angrycandy

    I’m drama in these khaki towns Supporter

    jake is probably gonna recommend that you listen to Alligator (he'd be right) and I am gonna recommend that you listen to Boxer (I'm also right) but really you should just listen to whatever album Laura tells you to first ;-)
  19. Fucking Dustin

    Hey now we'll be okay Supporter

    I'll probably just go chronological and see what happens! Hahaha
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  20. Steve_JustAGuy


    A guitar solo in a National song haha, fantastic.
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  21. ...and I would probably recommend reverse chronological, haha
  22. sophos34

    Prestigious Supporter

    Spot on
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  23. somethingliketj

    And that's why you always leave a note.

    I second this!

    High Violet will always be my fave though.
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  24. Ska Senanake


    Man this is a damn fine cup of National
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  25. Best band in the world
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