I Am Easy to Find (album)

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I Am Easy to Find
The National - I Am Easy to Find.png
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)
StudioLong Pond (Hudson Valley, New York)
Length63:35
Label4AD
Producer
The National chronology
Sleep Well Beast
(2017)
I Am Easy to Find
(2019)
Singles from I Am Easy to Find
  1. "You Had Your Soul With You"
    Released: March 5, 2019
  2. "Light Years"
    Released: April 4, 2019
  3. "Hairpin Turns"
    Released: May 1, 2019
  4. "Rylan"
    Released: May 16, 2019
  5. "Hey Rosey"
    Released: October 8, 2019

I Am Easy to Find is the eighth studio album by American indie rock band the National, released on May 17, 2019, via 4AD.[1] The follow-up to the band's 2017 album, Sleep Well Beast, it was supported by the lead single, "You Had Your Soul With You", and accompanied by a short film of the same name, directed by Mike Mills and starring Alicia Vikander.[2][3] Vikander is also featured on the album cover. A trailer was released for the companion film along with the announcement of the album.[4] A tour promoting the album began in June 2019.[5]

Background[edit]

The bulk of the album was recorded at Long Pond studio in Hudson Valley, New York. Parts were recorded in other cities, including Paris, Berlin, Dublin, Cincinnati, Austin, and Brooklyn.[1] The album and film, while having influenced each other, were essentially made separately. A press release stated that the album "is not the soundtrack" for the film; the idea for the album itself came after the film was shot.[1]

The album features female vocalists including Lisa Hannigan, Sharon Van Etten, Mina Tindle, Gail Ann Dorsey, Kate Stables, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.7/10[6]
Metacritic81/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[8]
And It Don't StopA–[9]
The Guardian4/5 stars[10]
The Independent3/5 stars[11]
Mojo4/5 stars[12]
NME4/5 stars[13]
Pitchfork7.6/10[14]
Q4/5 stars[15]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[16]
The Times4/5 stars[17]

I Am Easy to Find was met with widespread critical acclaim.[7] Reviewing in his Substack-published "Consumer Guide" column, Robert Christgau said that "almost every track is open to substantive female input on a musical whole that feels consistently interactive and empathetic and also not so glum—even when you can’t pin down exact meanings, it makes love sound possible."[9]

Year-end rankings[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
The A.V. Club Top 20 Albums of 2019 20 [18]
Gothamist Best Album of 2019 7 [19]
Louder Than War Top 50 Albums of 2019 11 [20]
Magnet Magazine Top 25 Albums of 2019 9 [21]
MusicOMH Top 50 Albums of 2019 14 [22]
The Skinny Top Ten Albums of 2019 6 [23]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."You Had Your Soul With You"Carin Besser3:26
2."Quiet Light"Matt Berninger
  • A. Dessner
  • B. Dessner
4:15
3."Roman Holiday"BerningerA. Dessner3:34
4."Oblivions"
  • Berninger
  • Besser
  • A. Dessner
  • B. Dessner
4:13
5."The Pull of You"
  • Berninger
  • Besser
A. Dessner3:58
6."Hey Rosey"BesserA. Dessner4:14
7."I Am Easy to Find"Berninger
  • A. Dessner
  • B. Dessner
4:30
8."Her Father in the Pool"instrumentalB. Dessner1:02
9."Where Is Her Head"
A. Dessner4:41
10."Not in Kansas"BerningerA. Dessner6:44
11."So Far So Fast"Berninger
  • A. Dessner
  • B. Dessner
6:36
12."Dust Swirls in Strange Light"MillsB. Dessner3:18
13."Hairpin Turns"
  • Berninger
  • Besser
  • A. Dessner
  • B. Dessner
4:27
14."Rylan"BerningerA. Dessner3:43
15."Underwater"instrumentalB. Dessner1:21
16."Light Years"BerningerA. Dessner3:33
Total length:63:35

Notes

  • The album's liner notes credit all lyrics as written by Berninger, Besser and Mills; and all music as composed by A. Dessner and B. Dessner. Track-by-track credits are adapted from Tidal.[24]
  • "Not in Kansas" contains an interpolation of "Noble Experiment", originally performed by Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 on the album Strangers from the Universe, written by Mark Davies, Anne Eickelberg, Brian Hageman, Jay Paget and Hugh Swarts.

Personnel[edit]

Short film[edit]

Director Mike Mills developed a short film based on early clips of the songs featured on the album. As the two projects developed concurrently the final songs used in each differ from one another.

The title for both the short film and the album was chosen by Mike Mills from a lyric in the song of the same name. The song was originally titled Washington before Mike Mills insisted on altering it.[25]

Cast[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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