The National - All The Wine


I've never called The National one of my favourite bands.  They're a five-piece indie-rock band outta Brooklyn, NY, but as far as I can tell they've never had any UK hits; I've only heard of them through the interwebs.  They're kinda like this recurring character in a story that everyone but the protagonist knows is the 'soulmate' if only the protagonist would stop looking down dead end alleyways and see the amazing friend that's right in front of them.

I have a feeling that if I really got into them, it would be a life-long love affair.  Maybe I will.  Only time will tell; until then, though, here's my 'love at first sight' moment: from their 2005 release 'Boxer', All The Wine is a self-righteous, self-affirming song of self-love that almost borders on arrogance if it weren't for the hint of self-doubt and possibly even an unconscious self-loathing within the lyrics.

I'm put together beautifully;
Big wet bottle in my fist, big wet rose in my teeth,
I'm perfect piece of ass
Like every Californian.
So tall I take over the street, with highbeams shining on my back;
A wingspan unbelievable,
I'm a festival, I'm a parade.

And all the wine is all for me.


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