Turtleneck two cents -
Nothing wrong with The National doing an indie rock banger. Really think latter albums have lacked songs like Abel, Mr November, Lit Up. Just happens this is just not a very good attempt at it.
Dunno what people are hearing in the rest of it, washes over me tbh. I think there’s a strong argument that every album has been worse than the last since Alligator
(personal, right-place, right-time affectation for High Violet notwithstanding but Boxer and Alligator are probably better albums)