• Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: May 11, 2010
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Universal acclaim- based on 277 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 277

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  1. longtimereader
    May 17, 2010
    This album is just OK. I know that the National makes growers (Alligator is a favorite of mine), but this one just comes off as too mopey. It seems like these guys are giving up on interesting melodies and giving into berringer and the drummer- i want a more balanced effort.
  2. Apr 12, 2013
    Not as good as 'Boxer': this one is more various, but the melodies are too predictable...
  3. IanP
    May 19, 2010
    hands down the most overrated band around right now. these songs are flat. the only complexity is the atmospheric production, otherwise you could pretty much call this 'mumblecore the band'.
  4. Sep 1, 2010
    It is incredibly dull. I bought it without thinking - partly based on the hype and partly based on some nostalgic memory of what a great song Fake Empire was and is. Unfortunately nothing here gets close and their performance at Glastonbury just confirmed that they have had their 15 minutes already.

Universal acclaim - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Dec 20, 2010
    The National's latest is easily up there with the very best indie-rock records of the year.
  2. Its charms are subtle, its grip soft and easily shrugged by those who choose to pay it only passing attention. Live with it a while, though, and High Violet rewards patience with songs that colour one's waking existence, becoming vivid night-time narratives when curtains are drawn.
  3. An easy grandeur is present throughout, as is a sense they are following an increasingly individual, carefully textured path. It is a wild, vivid romance that The National make their own, and on High Violet it sounds just as striking, just as wild, just as vivid as ever.