Lyrics are on point but the musicanship and delivery aren't up too par, if you ask me. Kinda mumbly, even for the The National.
Seeing as though the songs we heard are tracks #2 and #3, I'd expect these to be the upbeat tracks. So if these are in fact, I don't know how I'll feel about the rest of the album. Don't Swallow The Cap sounds like a Boxer B-Side, I think.
I don't know, the vocals are definitely a strong suit of this song imo. Although I do feel like they're featuring Matt's voice more slightly at the expense of more interesting instrumentation. (at least in this track)