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The National (album)

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Released  October 30, 2001
Language  English
Length  43:51
Label  Brassland
Recorded  Gretchen's Kitchen, Brooklyn; Gretchen's Pantry, New Haven
Genre  Indie rock, alternative country

The National is the debut studio album by American indie rock band the National, released on October 30, 2001 on Brassland Records. Recorded prior to guitarist Bryce Dessner's full arrival into the band, The National was produced by both Nick Lloyd and the band itself. Now-bass guitarist Scott Devendorf performs both guitar and backing vocals on this album, with guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Dessner on bass guitar and guitar duties.


The album features a more country-tinged sound in comparison to future albums. Lyrics from "29 Years" would later be used in "Slow Show" from the band's 2007 album, Boxer.

Background and recording

The album features guest contributions from forthcoming member Bryce Dessner, with his brother Aaron noting, "When we recorded [the album], my brother wasn't even in the band. We made the record before we ever played a show. We did it just to do it."


The album's front cover features drummer Bryan Devendorf in a swimming pool.

Track listing

All tracks written by the National.

The National

  • Matt Berninger - lead vocals
  • Scott Devendorf - guitar, backing vocals
  • Aaron Dessner - bass, guitar
  • Bryan Devendorf - drums
  • Additional musicians

  • Mike Brewer
  • Bryce Dessner
  • Nathalie Jonas
  • Nick Lloyd
  • Jeff Salem
  • Recording personnel

  • Nick Lloyd - producer, recording, mixing
  • Mike Brewer - pre-production
  • Jeff Salem - pre-production
  • Ue Nastasi - mastering
  • Artwork

  • Mauricio Carey - photography
  • Pope Rathman - photography
  • References

    The National (album) Wikipedia

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