The National have won Best Alternative Music Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards for their seventh studio album Sleep Well Beast.
The record, which ranked high in Far Out’s top albums of 2017, managed to beat Arcade Fire’s Everything Now, Gorillaz’s Humanz, Father John Misty’s Pure Comedy, and LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream.
The seventh studio album from former Brooklynites saw the band not only reach another musical milestone, well worth the deserved applause, but also sees their evolution continue to outweigh the scene they grew from.
Musically the band are pushing themselves to uncomfortable positions on Sleep Well Beast: “It was important that we genuinely explore new territory and risk falling on our faces, or not make a record at all,” explains Aaron. “This album feels complete to me.” Using more synths and avoiding their traditional hard sound such as (‘I’ll Still Destroy You’ and ‘Guilty Party’) adds a new dimension to the band. Thankfully, they evoke industrialisation and digitisation with the same post-modernist truth that makes The National national treasures.
The band prove on Sleep Well Beast that not only can their creativity not be tempered by distance apart during down time and recording, but it is purely this creativity which drives them together and brings us along with them.
Even after their seventh studio album; forward is still the only turn The National know how to make.