Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The National High Violet released

High Violet

The National

Released: May 11, 2010

Peak: 3 US, 5 UK, 2 CN, 29 AU

Sales (in millions): 0.33 US, 0.13 UK, 0.53 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: post-punk revival


Song Title [time] (date of single release, chart peaks)

  1. Terrible Love [4:39] (11/22/10, --)
  2. Sorrow [3:25]
  3. Anyone’s Ghost [2:54] (6/28/10)
  4. Little Faith [4:36]
  5. Afraid of Everyone [4:19]
  6. Bloodbuzz Ohio [4:36] (5/3/10)
  7. Lemonworld [3:23]
  8. Runaway [5:33]
  9. Conversation 16 [4:18] (10/25/10)
  10. England [5:40]
  11. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks [4:12]

Total Running Time: 47:40

The Players:

  • Matt Berninger (vocals)
  • Aaron Dessner (guitar, bass, keyboards, etc.)
  • Bryce Dessner (guitar keyboards, etc.)
  • Bryan Devendorf (drums, percussion)
  • Scott Devendorf (bass, guitar)


4.135 out of 5.00 (average of 29 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

These Cincinnati, Ohio natives formed the National in Brooklyn, New York, in 1999. They released their self-titled debut in 2001 and followed it with two more albums before they finally reached the U.S. Billboard album chart in 2007 with Boxer. That set the stage for their fifth album, 2010’s High Violet, to soar to #3 on the charts.

The album was received with widespread critical acclaim. Channing Freeman of Sputnik Music called it the band’s “third masterpiece in a row” WK while BBC Music critic Mike Diver called it the band’s “finest disc to date.” WK Pitchfork’s Andrew Gaerig said the album is “the sound of a band taking a mandate to be a meaningful rock band seriously.” WK

The A.V. Club’s Steven Hyden said the album is “richly detailed without being fussy” WK while Dave Simpson of The Guardian praised it as “beautifully subtle.” WK The Independent’s Andy Gill called it “a masterclass in subtle emotional shading.” WK

Notes: The Japanese edition included “Walk Off” and “Sin-Eaters” as bonus tracks. There was also an expanded edition which included a bonus disc, which included live material, alternates, and other songs.

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