Few states deadlock past/present/future in an immediacy all too real. And, though its sources constipate , its feels can softly (and not) extend into frontiers of fear, panic, paranoia, dread; and, in doses, motivation and movement. It lives with us, is not us, but is all about us. Matt Berninger of The National bravely sources the ubiquity of his anxieties and the agreement he’s struck — blessings are curses and vice versa. He’s here to draw a map, not a line; and to sit with, not run from, the disconnections we mistakenly deduce make us less than normal. So listen, think again, repeat.

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