Mike Schiller: There’s a title that looks like a total laugher (or, maybe, the title of a Philip K. Dick short story), but makes perfect sense when Matt Berninger sings it. Really, it’s a meditation on a relationship in transition, though exactly from what and to what isn’t clear; the only real clarity is in the difficulty of the situation. It’s one of those songs probably borne of a very specific situation or time in Berninger’s life, turned into the sort of sentiment that anyone who’s been in a relationship for longer than a month can identify with. The chaos going on around Berninger is appropriate for the subject matter, its looped and layered nature owing a debt to IDM while still grounding itself in the instruments of the rest of the band. It’s an interesting direction for the National, less mopey and more textured than much of their recent output while retaining the core elements that make them immediately identifiable. It’s a song that bodes well for the new album. [8/10]
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