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The National have worn a lot of hats since their 2001 debut, but they've never been able to shake the rural, book-smart, quiet violence of the Midwest. The Brooklyn-groomed, Ohio-bred indie rock quintet's fifth full-length album navigates that lonely dirt road where swagger meets desperation like a seasoned tour guide, and while it may take a few songs to get going, there are treasures to be found for patient passengers. High Violet begins to take shape on "Afraid of Everyone," a slow-build, midtempo rocker that expertly utilizes the Clogs' (guitarist Bryce Dessner's other chamber pop band) prickly orchestrations, but it's the punishing "Bloodbuzz Ohio" that serves as the record's centerpiece. Built on a foundation ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
The National have worn a lot of hats since their 2001 debut, but they've never been able to shake the rural, book-smart, quiet violence of the Midwest. The Brooklyn-groomed, Ohio-bred indie rock quintet's fifth full-length album navigates that lonely dirt road where swagger meets desperation like a seasoned tour guide, and while it may take a few songs to get going, there are treasures to be found for patient passengers. High Violet begins to take shape on "Afraid of Everyone," a slow-build, midtempo rocker that expertly utilizes the Clogs' (guitarist Bryce Dessner's other chamber pop band) prickly orchestrations, but it's the punishing "Bloodbuzz Ohio" that serves as the record's centerpiece. Built on a foundation that fuses together TV on the Radio's "Halfway Home" and Arcade Fire's "No Cars Go," its refrain of "I still owe money to the money, to the money I owe" seems both relevant and nostalgic, resulting in a highway anthem that feels like the anti-"Born to Run." Other standout cuts like "Conversation 16," "England," and the darkly funny/oddly beautiful closer, "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks," trumpet Violet's second-half supremacy, but even they tremble beneath the "Bloodbuzz" intoxication.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The National have worn a lot of hats since their 2001 debut, but they've never been able to shake the rural, book-smart, quiet violence of the Midwest. The Brooklyn-groomed, Ohio-bred indie rock quintet's fifth full-length album navigates that lonely dirt road where swagger meets desperation like a seasoned tour guide, and while it may take a few songs to get going, there are treasures to be found for patient passengers. The National's profile rose considerably after 2007's critically acclaimed The Boxer, and they have used that capital to craft a flawed gem of a record that highlights their strengths and weaknesses with copious amounts of red ink. High Violet oozes atmosphere, but moves at a snail's pace. The Cousteau-esque "Terrible Love" hardly bursts out of the gate, and the subsequent "Sorrow" and "Anyone's Ghost" despite Bryan Devendorf's locomotive drumming lack the hooks to reel anybody in on first listen. The album begins to take shape on "Afraid of Everyone," a slow-build midtempo rocker that expertly utilizes the Clogs' guitarist Bryce Dessner's other chamber pop band prickly orchestrations, but it's the punishing "Bloodbuzz Ohio" that serves as High Violet's centerpiece. Built on a foundation that fuses together TV on the Radio's "Halfway Home" and Arcade Fire's "No Cars Go," its refrain of "I still owe money to the money, to the money I owe" seems both relevant and nostalgic, resulting in a highway anthem that feels like the anti-"Born to Run." Other standout cuts like "Conversation 16," "England," and the darkly funny/oddly beautiful closer, "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks," trumpet Violet's second-half supremacy, but even they tremble beneath the "Bloodbuzz" intoxication. Muscular, miserable, mighty, and meandering, High Violet aims for the seats, but only hits about half of them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2010
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • UPC: 652637300321
  • Catalog Number: 73003
  • Sales rank: 7,764

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Terrible Love (4:39)
  2. 2 Sorrow (3:25)
  3. 3 Anyone's Ghost (2:54)
  4. 4 Little Faith (4:36)
  5. 5 Afraid of Everyone (4:19)
  6. 6 Bloodbuzz Ohio (4:35)
  7. 7 Lemonworld (3:23)
  8. 8 Runaway (5:33)
  9. 9 Conversation 16 (4:18)
  10. 10 England (5:40)
  11. 11 Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The National Primary Artist
Thomas Kozumplik Percussion
Tim Albright Trombone
Thomas Bartlett Piano, Keyboards
Sufjan Stevens Harmonium, Vocals
Michael Atkinson French Horn
Padma Newsome Violin, Viola
Bryce Dessner Group Member
Rachael Elliott Bassoon
Aaron Dessner Group Member
Bryan Devendorf Group Member
Scott Devendorf Group Member
Alex Hamlin Baritone Saxophone
Maria Jeffers Cello
Bridget Kibbey Harp
Richard Reed Parry Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Double Bass
Nico Muhly Celeste
Dave Nelson Trombone
Rob Moose Violin
Justin Vernon Vocals
Alex Sopp Flute, Bass Flute
Marla Hansen Vocals
Nadia Sirota Viola
Hideaki Aomori Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Kyle Resnick Trumpet
Benjamin Lanz Trombone
Mads Christian Brauer electronics
Laurel Sprengelmeyer Vocals
Jeremy Thal French Horn
Greg Chudzik Double Bass
CJ Camereri Trumpet
Matt Bernunger Group Member
Technical Credits
The National Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Patrick Dillett Engineer
Mark Fox Cover Art
Peter Katis Engineer, Additional Production
Sufjan Stevens Vocal Arrangements
Peter Mavrogeorgis Engineer
Padma Newsome Composer, Orchestration
Bryce Dessner Composer, Engineer, Orchestration, Additional Production
Matt Berninger Composer, Lyricist
Aaron Dessner Composer, Engineer, Additional Production
Christian Biegai Engineer
Richard Reed Parry Vocal Arrangements
Nico Muhly Orchestration
Carin Besser Composer, Lyricist
Brandon Reid Engineer
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