St. Vincent covers “Mistaken for Strangers”

I’m not a huge fan of The National, some of their songs are top notch, including “Mistaken for Strangers”, but most of their work is just flat, monotonous and boring.  Here, Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent takes one of the band’s most fiery songs and flips it into something soothing and delicate.

Whereas The National’s version comes across as 3 a.m. existentialism after a night of drunken bar hopping and lonely one-night stands, St. Vincent turns the fire and anger into heartbreaking sadness — the notion that your friends would mistake you for a stranger.  It’s one of the saddest thoughts imaginable.

This video above of St Vincent covering The National was taken at Brooklyn Vegan’s Haitian Benefit. [via]

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  • jamesfurbush October 29, 2010, 5:59 am

    Truth be told I always feel like there's something wrong with me or something I'm missing. Like I should like them more than I do. Even though I do like some of their stuff (I'd say it's 50/50 for songs I love/songs I skip), for whatever reason The National and I just have never clicked, or we've never clicked to the degree that lots of others music lovers have. A few of my friends are just nuts about them and I can see why people really love them. I guess I've just been more of a Spoon person

  • Greg October 26, 2010, 10:40 pm

    Most of their work is flat, monotonous, and boring?

    What band are you listening to? Nickelback?

    • jamesfurbush October 27, 2010, 5:43 am

      Ha, nice. I know it's hard to believe there's someone out there that isn't wowed by the National. I like them, sure, but I don't find them that appealing. Which, of course, must mean I like Nickelback.