The National

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'All that mattered was survival': the songs that got us through 2020
Mariah with butterflies, Bronski Beat in the Peak District, Snoop Dogg on a food delivery ad … our writers reveal the tracks that made 2020 bearable

Guardian music

31, Dec, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Taylor Swift: Evermore – rich alt-rock and richer character studies
Not content with releasing one of 2020’s most acclaimed albums, Swift returns for round two

Alexis Petridis

11, Dec, 2020 @5:00 AM

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The 50 best albums of 2020, No 9: Taylor Swift – Folklore
Swift retreated to a country cabin to create a lockdown album full of imagined characters, dark musings and intimate moments, deepened by a new richness to her singing

Kathryn Bromwich

08, Dec, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Taylor Swift: The Long Pond Studio Sessions review – cosy campfire confessions
The pop star’s Disney+ movie about quarantine album Folklore reveals the potency of her songwriting, though it’s hazy on any ‘pandemic epiphanies’

Elle Hunt

25, Nov, 2020 @5:12 PM

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Matt Berninger webchat: your questions answered on Morrissey, Taylor Swift and infinite creativity
The National frontman joined us to discuss his debut solo album, Serpentine Prison, and to answer your questions

Laura Snapes

13, Oct, 2020 @4:10 PM

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Taylor Swift: Folklore review – love and loss in lockdown
Swift’s lyrical power just about survives the greige indie atmospherics supplied by the National’s Aaron Dessner

Kitty Empire

01, Aug, 2020 @1:00 PM

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Taylor Swift announces surprise album, Folklore, with the National and Bon Iver
The singer’s eighth studio album will be released at midnight and also features production from the National’s Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff

Laura Snapes

23, Jul, 2020 @12:25 PM

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Thanks for the Dance: posthumous Leonard Cohen album announced
Thanks for the Dance has been arranged by singer’s son Adam and will feature various collaborators and previously unheard material

Laura Snapes

20, Sep, 2019 @2:52 PM

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The National: I Am Easy to Find review – strangely lacklustre
(4AD)

Phil Mongredien

19, May, 2019 @7:00 AM

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The National: I Am Easy to Find review – melodious mood music to enthral
The band’s eighth album hymns other artists including REM on understated songs full of trademark emotional intensity

Michael Hann

17, May, 2019 @8:00 AM

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The National: 'Everything you think is permanent can be erased'
After 20 years of soundtracking human heartbreak, the legendary US rockers talk about depression, infighting – and playing live while Paris burns

Sylvia Patterson

03, May, 2019 @5:00 AM

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The National review – self-scrutiny gives way to slapstick and selfies
Debuting their new album, I Am Easy to Find, the Ohio band herald a new phase as lead singer Matt Berninger mellows out

Jazz Monroe

19, Apr, 2019 @11:32 AM

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