It took me a little while to get into the band, The National. Might be because their name is one word short of The National Front. It’s more likely because I didn’t have their CD.

But I got Alligator yesterday and it’s brilliant. In fact, I’ve been playing ‘Mr November’ for almost eight hours straight.

I think it saved my life.

Though lyrics like, “I’m the great white hope/I’m the new blue blood,” do little to separate the Indie rockers from that other ‘National’ group, there’s something about lead singer, Matt Berninger’s baritone and the energy with which the band pop out the 4-minute wonder that gives me hope.

Even if I’ll never be great or white. Or blue even. The Nationalmr november