The National is one of our favorite bands, and their new album, High Violent, is being streamed by The New York Times as part of a lengthy feature about the band in the NY Times Magazine.
I've listened to High Violet about ten times now, and I really like it. It sounds like a mix of their two previous albums, the introspective, intense Boxer and the moody, rockin-out Alligator. The songs are strong - at first listen, "Terrible Love," "Runaway," and "Lemonworld" seem like the big stand-outs. If I have one complaint, it is that a few of the songs have studio effects - mainly reverb - that sounds strange if you are familiar with their previous albums, or with their live shows. When they played Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last month, their performance of "Terrible Love" was one of the best-sounding songs I've ever seen on late-night television. Hearing the more studioed-up album cut is a bit jarring. But this album's definitely a keeper - keep your eyes open for it when it hits stores on May 11th.
The National - "Terrible Love"