- Alphabet City
- Deep End (Paul’s in Pieces)
- Weird Goodbyes feat. Bon Iver
- Turn off the House
- Laugh Track feat. Phoebe Bridgers
- Space Invader
- Coat on a Hook
- Tour Manager
- Crumble feat. Rosanne Cash
- Smoke Detector
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The National's express has pulled in for the second time this year and we've been wowed all over again - there's a renewed energy to this effort, as if the band have rediscovered their connections and are all bellowing from the same tear-stained hymn sheet.
The surprise companion to The National's April release First Two Pages of Frankenstein, Laugh Track is the band's most freewheeling, all-hands-on-deck album in years. If 'Frankenstein' represented a rebuilding of trust between group members after 20+ years together, the vibrant, exploratory Laugh Track is both the product of that faith and a new statement of intent. Reveling in the license to radically upend its creative process, The National honed most of this material in live performances on tour, and captured those invigorated versions in impromptu sessions at producer Tucker Martine’s Portland studio. Two nights later in Vancouver, the nearly eight-minute album closer “Smoke Detector” was recorded during soundcheck, completing a body of work bristling with spontaneity and vintage rock energy that makes a perfect complement to the songs found on its more introspective predecessor.