Iain K. MacLeod

October 19, 2023

I Am Easier to Understand

I have fallen into the Venn Diagram of all these fan bases at one time or another, but this is a post about one sad album from the saddest dads of all, The National. My suggestion is that for the 2029 or 2039 reissue, they update the liner notes to be more reflective of the collaborative nature of using several guest vocalists, similar to how they showcase the duets with Phobe Bridgers, Taylor Swift, Rosanne Cash, Bon Iver, and Sufjan Stevens on the last couple of releases.

THE NATIONAL - I Am Easy to Find (2019)
Not the Soundtrack to the short film of the same name (dir. Mike Mills, not the R.E.M. bassist)

  1. You Had Your Soul With You (Feat. Gail Ann Dorsey)
  2. Quiet Light (Feat. Gail Ann Dorsey & Eve Owen & Diane Sorel)
  3. Roman Holiday (Feat. Gail Ann Dorsey)
  4. Oblivions (Feat. Mina Tindle)
  5. The Pull Of You (Feat. Sharon Van Etten & Lisa Hannigan)
  6. Hey Rosey (Feat. Gail Ann Dorsey)
  7. I Am Easy To Find (Feat. Kate Stables)
  8. Her Father In The Pool (Feat. Brooklyn Youth Chorus)
  9. Where Is Her Head (Feat. Eve Owen)
  10. Not In Kansas (Feat. Gail Ann Dorsey & Lisa Hannigan & Kate Stables)
  11. So Far So Fast (Feat. Lisa Hannigan)
  12. Dust Swirls In Strange Light (Feat. Brooklyn Youth Chorus)
  13. Hairpin Turns (Feat. Gail Ann Dorsey & Lisa Hannigan)
  14. Rylan (Feat. Kate Stables)
  15. Underwater (Feat. Brooklyn Youth Chorus)
  16. Light Years

More on the featured vocalists:

More on The National.

About Iain K. MacLeod

He/Him | Paid Worker. Unremarkable Hobbyist. Occasional Friend. Full-time Dad. Great-great-great-grandnephew of Angus “Giant” MacAskill. Worked skateboard check at 1994 Gobblefest in Cape Breton. Based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. aka Boost Ventilator. For more info…