Been looking forwards to this. Just been to shops to buy this month's rate and am so excited I got my grown up to walk a bit faster so we could get home.
The National return with album number 6 and the quality control has been set high. Often compared to Elbow, Interpol and Editors (God knows why) The National are not a cheery bunch, but that does not mean you cannot enjoy their latest offering.
Lyrically there are some puzzling topics on show here but cos I'm only little I don't really know what he's on about.... but if High Violet were a film it would be played by Viggo Mortensen as there is a definite and stoic portrayal of everyday-ness at work here.
From the quietly building chords of Terrible Love; through the haunted calls of "I'm afraid of everyone" on the track of the same name to the knackered fuzz guitar on England a moving yet mournful celebration ensues. The album surprises as much as it sparkles.
All the right ingredients are present.. paranoia, restraint, grace and beauty. Just incredible!
Buy from here to wrap yourself in loveliness.