Michael Hann

An awfully long night for a band without any bangers: The National, at Alexandra Palace, reviewed

Plus: the human side of John Lydon at O2 Forum Kentish Town

Matt Berninger of The National veered close to self-parody at Alexandra Palace. Photo: Matthew Baker / Getty Images

Over the past few years, the National have become the most important band in modern rock music. The strange thing is that this has happened at a point when their own work has perhaps lost a little of its earlier intensity. They’ve become important because they have come to represent something to other artists: a kind of adventurous but accessible integrity.

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