September 13, 2007

EXPECT MORE:

SONG OF THE DAY: The National: Conflicted Enough to 'Start a War' (Kathryn Yu, September 12, 2007, NPR.org)

A lovely tension permeates "Start a War," as Berninger's words suggest an inevitable clash of swords. The line "Walk away now, and you're gonna start a war" sounds like equal parts proclamation, threat and statement of weary resignation, as the song's apparent contradictions are bolstered by Bryan Devendorf's expert drumming, a low rumble that sounds both thundering and restrained. The slow, majestic sway of his bandmates' layered orchestra suggests a denouement — a changed world after the tragic hero is dead and gone — even as the song's momentum continues to build.


Posted by Orrin Judd at September 13, 2007 10:41 AM
Comments

"I'll get money I'll get funny again." Brilliant.

Posted by: ted welter at September 13, 2007 2:33 PM
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