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The National - I Am Easy To Find (2019) Published: May 17/19 Released: May 17/19 albumAlternative16 Tracks • 63 Minutes
TRACKWAVE SCORE
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92%
    SELECTED LINE: I Am Easy To Find comes off far more positively than I had anticipated. -SLUGMag
    I Am Easy To Find is the eighth studio album by The National, released by 4AD on May 17, 2019.
    Preview
    1. You Had Your Soul with You3:26
    2. Quiet Light4:15
    3. Roman Holiday3:34
    4. Oblivions4:13
    5. The Pull of You3:58
    6. Hey Rosey4:14
    7. I Am Easy to Find4:30
    8. Her Father in the Pool1:02
    9. Where Is Her Head4:41
    10. Not in Kansas6:44
    11. So Far So Fast6:36
    12. Dust Swirls in Strange Light3:18
    13. Hairpin Turns4:27
    14. Rylan3:43
    15. Underwater1:21
    16. Light Years3:33
℗ 2019 4AD
Critic Reviews (84)

I Am Easy To Find maintains the existential anxiety imbued in the identity of the band, but joyfully expands it into brighter and more ornate sonic territories.

80% 1 month ago

The Thin Air (IE) The Thin Air (IE)

The stunningly good I Am Easy To Find works as a continuing conversation.

80% 1 month ago

The Sydney Morning Herald The Sydney Morning Herald (TOP)

The best songs yank this into greatness, and if this is what The National needed to get right back on track, I'm happy its here.

80% 1 month ago

Spectrum Pulse (CA) Spectrum Pulse (CA)

I Am Easy To Find carries forward The National’s incredible unbroken streak of excellent records.

1 month ago

mxdwn mxdwn

A lengthy, underwhelming suite of sensitive arena indie rock.

60% 2 months ago

The Scotsman The Scotsman

Lyrically moving, eschewing traditional songwriting structure for a more stream of consciousness style, the album is asking you to try and see what's right in front of you.

2 months ago

The Current The Current

I Am Easy To Find is literal in its location and restorative in its commitment; it's a love story where understanding, rather than happily-ever-after, is an acceptable ending.

2 months ago

POPDUST POPDUST

Elegant song after elegant song wafts past without ever quite succeeding in engaging.

40% 2 months ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

I've always been a fan but this is the best thing they've done for a decade.

90% 2 months ago

Newstalk ZB (NZ) Newstalk ZB (NZ)

To see a band pushing further, dramatically changing the formula this far into their career, is a beautiful thing.

80% 2 months ago

Evening Standard Evening Standard

A suite of songs that are textured, stately, poignant, deep and memorable.

2 months ago

HeraldScotland HeraldScotland

The great strength of the 16 songs is in this new dynamic.

75% 2 months ago

VISIONS VISIONS

A little more space for the unexpected.

60% 2 months ago

lautde lautde

I Am Easy To Find sounds lighter and brighter, like a weight has been lifted from The National’s shoulders.

2 months ago

BrooklynVegan BrooklynVegan

I Am Easy to Find is the Cincinnati quartet’s fullest, most satisfying album to date.

2 months ago

City Pages City Pages

After a long and very successful career, it is a delight that The National can still surprise us.

90% 2 months ago

The Spill Magazine (CA) The Spill Magazine (CA)

Effortlessly, the band continues to tread their own path only ever feeling safe because they know their own direction of travel.

78% 2 months ago

Far Out Magazine (UK) Far Out Magazine (UK)

I Am Easy to Find is a National album like no other.

85% 2 months ago

Under The Radar Under The Radar

The National nourish further their penchant for minimalism.

80% 2 months ago

CrypticRock.com CrypticRock.com

It is a celebration of life, and in turn- all those who have touched it.

85% 2 months ago

EARMILK EARMILK

It has flash points, but it never quite builds any momentum, and drags precipitously at its midpoint.

50% 2 months ago

Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune (TOP)

For all its textural detail, the music is unmemorable, with songs tending either to build to a rush or tail off glumly.

40% 2 months ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

As has been the case upon nearly every release since Alligator, The National have put out another album that could easily be argued as their best—and it may be easier to make that claim now than ever before.

90% 2 months ago

Paste Magazine Paste Magazine

The sound of women makes the National’s music, entrenched in a specific aesthetic over nearly two decades, into something fresh.

2 months ago


I Am Easy to Find is another solid addition to their catalog.

67% 2 months ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

Only the National could make their most impenetrable project to date their most human as well.

2 months ago


By allowing their diligently designed blueprint to take a new, unexpected form, the National haven’t ceded the spotlight, only broadened it.

2 months ago


It’s a meandering mishmash, but one that casts a subtle spell.

60% 2 months ago

Daily Mail Online Daily Mail Online (TOP)

The sessions have produced material that stands up with the best of their intimidatingly impressive showreel.

80% 2 months ago

Belfast Telegraph Belfast Telegraph

Every listening turn brought a new favorite.

70% 2 months ago

humo (BE) humo (BE)

These vocal offerings quickly stamp themselves as not only the showpiece of The National’s most surprising album to date, but the lightbulb moment in their realisation that there might be more to what they stand for than chugging guitars and baritone.

2 months ago

STACK STACK

Musically, ‘I am Easy To Find’ is the bands most accomplished album.

90% 2 months ago

XS NOIZE XS NOIZE

The National’s new album is an absolute beauty.

2 months ago

British GQ British GQ

Their eighth album comfortably meets and exceeds the breadth of their past decade’s aural sublimity.

2 months ago

London In Stereo London In Stereo

I Am Easy To Find crackles with energy.

82% 2 months ago

Sputnikmusic Sputnikmusic

It’s an album you can come away from unable to hum a single bar, but so captivating you want to return to it immediately.

80% 2 months ago


Perhaps twenty minutes passed, and we began to realize: this was boring.

40% 2 months ago

The 405 The 405

Their latest offering is a moving look at the way small moments make up a life.

80% 2 months ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

The National let their rock music disintegrate - and thus show the genre a way out of redundancy.

83% 2 months ago

Musikexpress Musikexpress

It’s an inspired reinvention from this restless, artful band.

70% 2 months ago

Philly.com Philly.com

The surprisingly polarizing band has shed its Brooklyn roots, taken to the wind, and delivered its prettiest record to date.

2 months ago


This is a piece of art rather than just an album.

60% 2 months ago

Thank Folk For That Thank Folk For That

I Am Easy to Find paints intimacy on an epic scale: everything sounds hushed, as private as a secret, yet there's a sweep to the execution.

70% 2 months ago

AllMusic AllMusic

[It takes a while] for the songs to emerge out of the mist. When they do, they stand among the band's best work. [Jul 2019, p.104]

80% 2 months ago

Q Magazine Q Magazine

The melodies are beautifully subtle, and benefit from the guitars and keyboards blending better on this album than perhaps any before it.

80% 2 months ago

Punknews.org (Staff) Punknews.org (Staff)

On I Am Easy to Find they lay themselves bare, recognize their vulnerabilities and let others in to walk with them on the journey.

2 months ago

Glide Magazine Glide Magazine

I Am Easy To Find resembles a closing-down sale, with ideas being thrown around whether they fit or not.

80% 2 months ago

No Ripcord No Ripcord

A thrillingly ambitious, deeply collaborative game-changer.

100% 2 months ago

The Skinny The Skinny

I Am Easy to Find sees the rock band involving new voices and a softer approach to evoke indescribable feelings.

2 months ago


The National’s never been afraid to dial things down, but it’s rarely sounded as vulnerable as it does here.

100% 2 months ago


This is bold, weird, beautiful stuff, but the listener has their work cut out getting to it. Ironically, the core of I Am Easy to Find is not particularly easy to find. At all.

60% 2 months ago

The Telegraph (UK) The Telegraph (UK) (TOP)

Indie-rock standard-bearers pivot to collectivist art-making with 70+ musicians and a host of women’s voices, to potent effect.

80% 2 months ago


It’s album number eight, and the band has gotten a little weirder, a little more like the rest of us.

80% 2 months ago

FLOOD Magazine FLOOD Magazine

A band who have become one of indie rock’s most reliable institutions.

80% 2 months ago

Norman Records Norman Records

It’s The National opening up their world to everyone, and you should probably join them.

80% 2 months ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)

There’s plenty here to push The National’s sound forwards and stave off stagnation.

80% 2 months ago

DIY Magazine DIY Magazine

While it’s not a bad album, it is a dull and boring affair for them with the album lacking any real charisma.

40% 2 months ago

Dork Dork

I Am Easy To Find is The National’s most cinematic record yet.

2 months ago

DiandraReviews DiandraReviews

I Am Easy to Find feels like an old friend you’re pleased to keep around – even if, had you been introduced today, you wonder if you’d have been compelled to make the effort.

60% 2 months ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

Something that is more than just an album.

80% 2 months ago

Clash Music Clash Music

Although the album is the band’s biggest yet, with a cast of dozens including 13 violinists alone, it rarely feels bulky.

76% 2 months ago


This isn’t a collection of alt-rock songs. This is high art.

2 months ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

It’s an audacious and fascinating album, utilising to the full every quality The National have already developed to take them somewhere altogether new.

75% 2 months ago

Metro Newspaper UK Metro Newspaper UK

While there are some moments that don’t quite work – the choir moments feel out of place and too melodramatic – the overall feeling is still positive.

80% 2 months ago

Soundblab Soundblab

‘I Am Easy To Find’ is the sound of The National at their creative peak, with little sign to indicate they’re due to plateau anytime soon.

95% 2 months ago

Northern Transmissions Northern Transmissions

This symbiosis has completely refreshed the dynamic.

90% 2 months ago

Exclaim Exclaim

The indie rock band’s latest album benefits from bringing in talented guest vocalists to complement the group’s brooding sound.

2 months ago

The Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal (TOP)

It took this reviewer upwards of a dozen plays before it finally worked its subtle charms, but trust me, it’s worth the investment.

2 months ago

Hot Press Hot Press

Some of the most ambitious music the National has ever made.

80% 2 months ago

Slant Magazine Slant Magazine

The results are sprawling and inventive, with new sounds and discoveries to be made on each listen.

2 months ago

RIFF Magazine RIFF Magazine

A rewarding new project from the National that somehow simultaneously feels like another assortment of well-made National ballads and something that is occasionally, quietly more avant-garde.

2 months ago

Stereogum Stereogum

This album contains songs that are much more fluid and allow more room for intricacies.

90% 2 months ago

Aesthetic Magazine (CA) Aesthetic Magazine (CA)

Essentially, this album is up there with the National’s best.

80% 2 months ago

Loud And Quiet Loud And Quiet

I Am Easy To Find almost comes across as a various artists compilation.

70% 2 months ago

musicOMH.com musicOMH.com

The couple of moments when this band makes an emotional connection do just enough to keep you interested.

2 months ago

No More Workhorse No More Workhorse

It’s a minor-key delight — but a delight all the same.

100% 2 months ago

Irish Examiner (IE) Irish Examiner (IE)

The record is pure, pleasing disruption, with the band smashing through previous patterns.

80% 2 months ago

The Irish Times The Irish Times (TOP)

As an exercise in breaking with consistency, I Am Easy To Find shows The National remain open to new possibilities after all.

80% 2 months ago

Record Collector Record Collector

Ultimately, it's a record filled with beauty that tries to do what therapy does: sort through a mess of emotions and reorganise them into something that makes more sense. [Jun 2019, p.84]

80% 2 months ago

Mojo Mojo

The relentless mid-tempos at times make this epic 16-track album drag, but on the devastating "Not In Kansas" and the frantic "Where Is Her Head" Berninger once again proves himself rock's most astute and humane chronicler of everyday crises of faith. [Jun 2019, p.32]

80% 2 months ago

Uncut Uncut

The nature of the project is in a way their own noble experiment, ultimately finding them at their boldest and most assured to date.

90% 2 months ago

The Line of Best Fit The Line of Best Fit

Their eighth and new album, I Am Easy To Find, strikes with a force, bringing new attributes to the table.

2 months ago

BeatRoute BeatRoute

It spans the complexity of what it means to believe, consume and exist right now; to drift softly in and out of orbit with those we love, to sing of that.

2 months ago

The List The List

I Am Easy To Find comes off far more positively than I had anticipated.

2 months ago

SLUGMag SLUGMag
User Reviews (5)

FuManchuToo4 months ago
Ummmmm... My take on the first track, You Had Your Soul with You, as it is currently the only track available. I find it to be only "meh" at this point. I tend to gravitate to the darker side of The National, in terms of both lyrics and sound. This track sounds a bit like spillover from the EL VY project. I wasn't exactly overjoyed with that either. Here's hoping the rest of the album has more to offer.

Marie Cadell2 months ago
Weakest One Yet Let me start by saying that the National are one of the best bands out there. They’ve been putting out good solid records for ages. They’ve set the bar high for themselves. These new songs aren't awful they just seem forgettable. I can’t see myself playing these for ages like the rest of the Nationals stuff. These early singles feel like B-sides.

Tomin8or3 months ago
Amazing! The song light years has a piano sonata feel to it, and the piano is stunningly beautiful. Seeing them live in September. For a third or fourth time! Can't wait!

-{VIII}-3 months ago
Finally! The National are finally releasing songs they've only played live, like Rylan and Light Years! I'm so excited about this album.

Captains C4 months ago
ONLY TWO YEARS! These guys keep outdoing themselves
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