|I think the kids are in trouble Do not know what all the troubles are for Give them ice for their fevers You're the only thing I ever want...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
The National should give faith to anyone who has become disillusioned with indie music, anyone who misses a time where it didn't seem like all the musicians thought they were better than you and you could actually relate to the damn words they were singing. High Violet is another batch of cement to further supplement The National's already unshakable concrete career.
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.
UncutAt the peak moments of High Violet, The National are magnificent. [Jun 2010, p.78]
MojoAmerican indie cult heroes get a little noisier, a little more obscure [June 2010, p. 104]
May 21, 2011A beautifully crafted, artistic, understated album. The National claim that they sometimes can change around a song up to 50 times, such isA beautifully crafted, artistic, understated album. The National claim that they sometimes can change around a song up to 50 times, such is their desire to perfect the music they make. It definitely shows on this album with subtle instrumentation blending together to form gorgeous melodies in which Mr Berningers haunting baritone vocals accompany. A small minority of people claim this album has been falsely hyped by hipster mags and music elitists but don't believe it for a second. This is often the problem when an album understates itself the way this does, people are too quick to toss it a side.… Expand
Jan 26, 2012This album is flawless. Every track plays like a dark hymn for a frightened generation of lovesick vagabonds. The National are one of the bestThis album is flawless. Every track plays like a dark hymn for a frightened generation of lovesick vagabonds. The National are one of the best groups around, and this is their best album in my opinion.… Expand
VitoV.May 16, 20103rd masterpiece in a row.
kevinoMay 19, 2010Slow burner. Not as instantly accessible as Boxer. But ultimately maybe more rewarding. England maybe their best song ever.
NickJ.May 16, 2010More expansive, complex and consistently dark than Boxer. Only time will tell if it's as good.
Nov 12, 2010There really is nothing quite like this album. I mean, how often are there truly depressive albums? Albums that reach out and tear a soul outThere really is nothing quite like this album. I mean, how often are there truly depressive albums? Albums that reach out and tear a soul out for a bit? A tear legitimately rolled down my face the first time I heard this one--that's the physical manifestation of the majesty of this album. I still shiver when the guitars explode onto the scene during "Terrible Love", just as the goosebumps from Matt Berninger's harrowing voice die down.
The band is a difficult one to fall in love with, which is the only true reason that this is getting negative rating. The only review attached to one of these expresses a state of virginity to this style of indie rock. This post-punk-fueled concentration. The first time I heard the National's Boxer, I felt the exact same way. Flat, boring, mumbling, and overly-pretentious garbage. Left no impact and no impact to be had existed. Clearly, though, that has changed. Give the band another chance. They're much more vibrant than you can immediately recognize.… Expand
Mar 16, 2011Overrated indie band. Obscure music for sad emo hipsters does not make for good music. The music is mediocre. The hype for this band is awfulOverrated indie band. Obscure music for sad emo hipsters does not make for good music. The music is mediocre. The hype for this band is awful and pushed by cooler than thou hipsters all over the place.… Expand
Published: January 11, 2011Spoiler alert: Kanye West had the best-reviewed album of 2010. But which other releases impressed critics last year? We run down the 40 highest-scoring albums, and also examine the best releases of the year in various categories.
Published: January 10, 2011Our users have spoken, the votes have been tallied, and we have your picks for the best of 2010 in movies, games, TV, and music. Don't expect another victory for Kanye West or The Social Network; Metacritic users had something else in mind.
Published: December 6, 2010Throughout the next two months, we'll be tracking the year-end Top Ten lists published by various music sites, magazines, and more. Find out which albums are currently in the running for best album of the year.
Awards & Rankings
|Motomami - Rosalía|
|Supernova - Nova Twins|
|Ants From Up There - Black Country, New Road|
|Feeding the Machine - Binker & Moses|
|Heart Under - Just Mustard|
|Dear Scott - Michael Head & the Red Elastic Band|
|Big Time - Angel Olsen|
|Dawn FM - The Weeknd|
|Forever on My Mind - Son House|
|Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You - Big Thief|
|This Is a Photograph - Kevin Morby|
|For You Who Are the Wronged - Kathryn Joseph|
|Summer at Land's End - The Reds, Pinks & Purples|
|Electricity - Ibibio Sound Machine|
|Wet Leg - Wet Leg|
|Sun's Signature [EP] - Sun's Signature|
|LIFE ON EARTH - Hurray for the Riff Raff|
|Live at the El Mocambo - The Rolling Stones|
|Diaspora Problems - Soul Glo|
|A Light for Attracting Attention - The Smile|