ranking albums by the national is unique because everyone has different answers. one man’s list can be in opposite order of another man’s. and one can even have different favorite at different times, never mind having a set 1 through 8. i guess it’s bcos each resonates with the man in different ways.
it’s different from ranking, say radiohead albums, most of which are excellent (just like the national) but with radiohead there’s a general consensus that one of okc/in rainbows/kid a is their best. with the national there is a lot more room for debate, everyone album is potentially someone’s favorite
i never bother ranking them myself cos i don’t think i’ll be able to. i’m not even sure i have a favorite. i just enjoy them. but it’s interesting seeing everyone’s choices. seeing someone putting the likes of s/t or ssfdl makes me ask myself, did i not give these two albums enough time?