With eight albums and two EPs below their belt over a 20-plus yr profession, The Nationwide have hardly ever missed. Ever because the band hit their stride with 2005’s Alligator, they’ve been one of the vital constant purveyors of indie rock the style has to supply.
That mentioned, even their most ardent followers received’t argue that each launch has been flawless — however each time Matt Berninger, the Dessners, and the Devendorfs put out one thing new, you’re virtually assured a handful of tracks will turn out to be new favorites. With their ninth full-length, First Two Pages of Frankenstein, introduced for an April twenty eighth launch through 4AD, now’s the proper time to look again in any respect these previous albums and put collectively an inventory of their prime tracks.
In fact, the identical elements which have earned The Nationwide such lasting greatness make selecting their 10 greatest songs a formidable process. If each album has not less than just a few top-tier tunes, how do you slim it down to only the toppest-tier? You possibly can theoretically make an inventory that solely included tracks off Boxer and Excessive Violet and also you’d be exhausting pressed to search out anybody arguing in opposition to you. Go take a look at the assorted Reddit fan rankings and see should you discover a single person that shares the precise opinion of one other. (Okay, in order that simply describes Reddit, however the level nonetheless stands.)
So in an effort to be absolutely consultant of all this beloved band has to supply, we had been compelled to make some powerful cuts. The result’s an inventory of 10 songs you may not absolutely agree with, however you received’t have the ability to deny consists of among the greatest music The Nationwide have launched. (Scroll to the tip for a playlist of each monitor.) We’ll see if that every one must shift as soon as Frankenstein drops; guess says it simply would possibly.
— Ben Kaye