“I Should Live in Salt”
The first track of The National’s latest album Trouble Will Find Me, the song is all about the rampant noise around us choking our communication, and the lament arising from these missed connections. I seriously wonder if Berninger is intentionally mumbling his lines to purposefully reflect the theme, because the first stanza is almost incomprehensible. Regardless, it’s a trait that blocks me from enjoying the song. it’s hard to take something seriously when you start laughing from the beginning.