Ranking All The Songs from The National’s “Trouble Will Find Me” by How Much They Stomp on My Emotions

It’s probably a good thing I didn’t hear The National’s “Boxer” until after I left high school; I might not have ever gotten out of bed. Matt Berninger’s lyrics about the futility of love and the absolute, soul demolishing power of a broken heart are only matched by his beautiful baritone. “The Boxer” (and 2010’s “High Violet” and the three albums that came before it) is the type of album you should play if you’re too happy and need to be reminded that everything is NOT OKAY. Or if you just feel like standing under a pavilion and sad college students who forgot their umbrellas walk through the pouring rain. Apparently, Berninger has to pop up every few years to make me cry. But that’s perfectly fine; there are few albums more poetic or serene that you could choose to cry to than The National’s new album, “Trouble Will Find Me.” Here’s a rundown of how each song is making me feel.

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