Mistaken for Strangers, rock documentary, not rated, Center for Contemporary Arts, 2 chiles
The National is a band of inoffensive, ordinary dudes from Cincinnati. They play music that circles around in midtempo rhythms and cinematic crescendos, prodded onward by Matt Berninger’s world-weary baritone. The band members are gifted but rarely seem to challenge themselves. Their albums are reliably good; they have not contributed a masterpiece to the rock canon, and there is not a clunker in their catalog. It’s beige music made by boring people, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
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