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Artist
The National
ReleaseProduct
The National
Label
4AD
Catalogue Number
4AD0312DA
Release Date
July 3, 2001

Press Release

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, The National’s self-titled debut album of sozzled Americana is a thing of beauty, laden with heavy hints that this was a special band in the making.

Their first release, The National arrived two years after The National formed, a time when they were juggling bandlife with needing to hold down full-time jobs. And while nods to the alt. rock artists that inspired them (Pavement, Silver Jews) can be heard, so too are the beginnings of something all their own – Matt Berninger’s stunning and unexpected lyrics being pinned to melodies that stop you in your tracks.

The National marks the start point for one of the best bands of their generation with its new master helping elevate it to new levels. A great primer to a great band.

Having been remastered at Abbey Road Studios, the 2021 represses stay faithful to their original artwork while their stunning new masters help make these much-loved records sound as vital as ever, further emphasising the early signs of the sound that would go on to make them one of the fi nest and most beloved alternative bands of their generation.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Beautiful Head (2021 Remaster) 3:08 Buy

    Beautiful Head (2021 Remaster)

  2. 2 Cold Girl Fever (2021 Remaster) 4:06 Buy

    Cold Girl Fever (2021 Remaster)

  3. 3 The Perfect Song (2021 Remaster) 3:15 Buy

    The Perfect Song (2021 Remaster)

  4. 4 American Mary (2021 Remaster) 4:02 Buy

    American Mary (2021 Remaster)

  5. 5 Son (2021 Remaster) 5:19 Buy

    Son (2021 Remaster)

  6. 6 Pay for Me (2021 Remaster) 3:22 Buy

    Pay for Me (2021 Remaster)

  7. 7 Bitters & Absolut (2021 Remaster) 4:00 Buy

    Bitters & Absolut (2021 Remaster)

  8. 8 John's Star (2021 Remaster) 3:04 Buy

    John's Star (2021 Remaster)

  9. 9 Watching You Well (2021 Remaster) 3:02 Buy

    Watching You Well (2021 Remaster)

  10. 10 Theory of the Crows (2021 Remaster) 4:36 Buy

    Theory of the Crows (2021 Remaster)

  11. 11 29 Years (2021 Remaster) 2:50 Buy

    29 Years (2021 Remaster)

  12. 12 Anna Freud (2021 Remaster) 3:07 Buy

    Anna Freud (2021 Remaster)

Track List

  1. / A1. Beautiful Head
  2. / A2. Cold Girl Fever
  3. / A3. The Perfect Song
  4. / A4. American Mary
  5. / A5. Son
  6. / A6. Pay For Me
  7. / B1. Bitters & Absolut
  8. / B2. John’s Star
  9. / B3. Watching You Well
  10. / B4. Theory Of The Crows
  11. / B5. 29 Years
  12. / B6. Anna Freud

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