ALBUM OF THE WEEK

The National
High Violet
4AD
Released: 05.11.10
CD/LP+download




It doesn't make a lot of sense for us to make High Violet the Album of the Week. It's not like you didn't know it was coming out, and it was a given that we were excited for it; and National records are like NFL draft picks: you can't tell what their impact is going to be until years later. Their last 2 records, 2005's Alligator and 2007's Boxer, were the definition of "slow-burners"; however, we can't imagine anything else being the Album of the Week on this particular week: the week when a new National album is born.

High Violet is a slow-burner as well, but maybe this time people will be ready for it. The National haven't changed with the times, and they aren't about to cash in on any trends. This is their 5th record after all, and they've seen many buzz bands come and go. As those bands sprinted past The National in the beginning, The National's slow and steady pace is winning the race. They make records that sound like National records, meanwhile continuing to refine their sound, rather than change the definition of it. The National are slowly building an audience with their baroque, brooding masterpieces.

If you're familiar with The National, High Violet will not disappoint, and it will be another child that will be difficult to rule out as your favorite. If you've been resistant to The National, maybe you need to relinquish your hang-ups, as they are steadily building a career catalogue that will be impossible to ignore.

Recommended If You Like:
mixed drinks, dark bars, dead-end jobs, questionable relationships, honesty, and the sound of your true love's heart beating.

Looks Like:

a hazy night of half memories.

Feels Like:
the hangover after that amazing hazy night.

Smells Like
:
sweat, flowers, cologne, and whiskey.

Listen to When
:
the after-after party is winding down.

Vinyl the Cat says:

You can crash at our place if you can't drive home!

The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio
The National - Afraid of Everyone

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04.06.10
Dum Dum Girls I Will Be Sub Pop
03.25.10 The Soft Pack
The Soft Pack Kemado
03.16.10 The Morning Benders
Big Echo Rough Trade
03.09.10 Besnard Lakes
The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night Jagjaguwar
03.02.10 Trouble Books
Gathered Tones Bark and Hiss
02.23.10 Cloud Nothings Turning On Speakertree
02.16.10 Local Natives
Gorilla Manor Frenchkiss
02.09.10 Phantogram
Eyelid Movies Barsuk
01.26.10
Beach House Teen Dream Sub Pop

11.03.09 Port O'Brien Threadbare TBD
10.16.09 Califone
All My Friends are Funeral Singers Dead Oceans
10.06.09
The Twilight Sad Forget the Night Ahead Fat Cat
09.22.09 Circulatory System Signal Morning Cloud Recordings
08.25.09 Wilco Summerteeth Warner Bros.
08.18.09 Ramona Falls
Intuit Barsuk
08.11.09
The Rural Alberta Advantage Hometowns Saddle Creek
08.04.09 Magnolia Electric Co.
Josephine Secretly Canadian
07.17.09 The Veils Sun Gangs Beggars Banquet
06.23.09 Dinosaur Jr.
Farm Jagjaguwar
05.26.09 Grizzly Bear
Veckatimest Warp
05.19.09 Wooden Birds
Magnolia Barsuk
05.05.09 Camera Obscura
My Maudlin Career 4AD
04.17.09
Fever Ray Fever Ray Mute
04.07.09 The Thermals Now We Can See Kill Rock Stars
03.24.09 Jeremy Jay
Slow Dance K
03.17.09 Sholi
Sholi Quarterstick
03.10.09 Wheat
Hope and Adams Sugar Free/Rebel Group
03.03.09 Abe Vigoda
Reviver Post Present Medium
02.24.09 Touch and Go Records
02.17.09
Vetiver Tight Knit Sub Pop
02.03.09 Yeasayer All Hour Cymbals We Are Free
01.20.09
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion Domino

11.18.08 Death Cab for Cutie Something About Airplanes Elsinor/Barsuk
11.11.08 School of Seven Bells Alpinisms Ghostly International
10.31.08 Skeletons Money Tomlab
10.21.08 Marnie Stern This is It... Kill Rock Stars
10.14.08 The Notwist The Devil, You + Me Domino
10.07.08 Department of Eagles In Ear Park 4AD
09.26.08 Ten Kens Ten Kens Fat Cat
09.16.08 Bound Stems The Family Afloat Flameshovel
09.09.08 Chad VanGaalen Soft Airplane Sub Pop
09.02.08 Ra Ra Riot The Rhumb Line Barsuk
08.19.08 Bears Simple Machinery Self-released
08.12.08 The Dreadful Yawns Take Shape Exit Stencil
08.05.08 Oxford Collapse Bits Sub Pop
07.22.08 Lackthereof Your Anchor Barsuk
07.15.08 The Hold Steady Stay Positive Vagrant
07.08.08 The Muttering Retreats The Muttering Retreats Self-released
06.24.08 HotChaCha Rifle, I knew you when you were just a pistol Exit Stencil
06.17.08 Wolf Parade At Mount Zoomer Sub Pop
06.10.08 American Analog Set Know By Heart Tiger Style
06.03.08 Shearwater Rook Matador
05.20.08 Jeremy Jay A Place Where We Could Go K Records
05.13.08 Portishead Third Island
05.06.08 Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight Fat Cat
04.29.08 Constantines Kensington Heights Arts & Crafts
04.22.08 Film School Hideout Beggars Banquet
04.15.08 Sun Kil Moon April Caldo Verde
04.03.08 The Microphones The Glow Pt. 2 K Records
03.25.08 MGMT Oracular Spectacular Columbia
03.18.08 Trouble Books The United Colors of Trouble Books Self-released
03.04.08 Ladyhawk Shots Jagjaguwar
02.19.08 Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago Jagjaguwar
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02.05.08 Hot Chip Made in the Dark Astralwerks/DFA
01.29.08 Black Mountain In the Future Jagjaguwar
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11.13.07 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings 100 Days, 100 Nights Daptone
11.06.07
Expecting Rain Saint Cecilia Sound System Self-released
10.23.07
A Place to Bury Strangers A Place to Bury Strangers Killer Pimp
10.16.07
Celebration The Modern Tribe 4AD
10.09.07
Jens Lekman Night Falls Over Kortedala Secretly Canadian
09.25.07
Jose Gonzalez In Our Nature Mute
09.18.07
Emma Pollock Watch the Fireworks 4AD
09.11.07
Film School Hideout 4AD
08.28.07
Liars Liars Mute
08.07.07
Okkervil River The Stage Names Jagjaguwar
07.31.07
Slaraffenland Private Cinema Hometapes
07.20.07
Arthur & Yu In Camera Hardly Art
07.10.07
Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Merge
07.03.07
Marnie Stern In Advance of the Broken Arm Kill Rock Stars
06.26.07
Built to Spill Keep It Like a Secret Warner Bros.
06.19.07
Panda Bear Person Pitch Paw Tracks
06.12.07
The Narrator All That to the Wall Flameshovel
06.05.07
Handsome Furs Plague Park Sub Pop
05.29.07
Parts and Labor Mapmaker Jagjaguwar/Brah
05.22.07
The National Boxer Beggars Banquet
05.15.07
Mice Parade Mice Parade Fat Cat
05.08.07
Elliott Smith New Moon Kill Rock Stars
05.01.07
Coffinberry God Dam Dogs Morphius
04.24.07
Thee More Shallows Book of Bad Breaks Anticon
04.17.07
Hold Steady Live at Fingerprints Vagrant
04.10.07
Love of Diagrams Mosaic Matador
04.03.07
Ponys Turn the Lights Out Matador
03.27.07
Low Drums and Guns Sub Pop
03.20.07
Land of Talk Applause Cheer Boo Hiss The Rebel Group
03.13.07
Sun Kil Moon Ghosts of the Great Highway (reissue) Caldo Verde
03.06.07
Wolf & Cub Vessels 4AD
02.27.07
Do Make Say Think You, You're a History in Rust Constellation
02.13.07
Field Music Tones of Town Memphis Industries
02.06.07
Loney, dear Loney, Noir Sub Pop
01.23.07
Menomena Friend and Foe Barsuk