Friday, April 23, 2010
The National's New Album
I liked Boxer, I liked Alligator, but the new one, High Violet, has really bowled me over.
Its streaming at the New York Times website right now.
They took the quiet intensity of Boxer and took it up a notch. Well-crafted music, thoughtful and thought-provoking lyrics, and not a weak song out of the bunch. There's a lot going on in the music and the arrangements, but it never gets too busy to obscure the strength of the melodies. In short, the National leaves enough room to let the songs breathe and grow on you with each listen.
Favorite line at the moment: "I was afraid I'd eat your brains."
Brooding, engaging music plus zombies?!? This really is an early contender for album of the year.