The National
High Violet


5.0
classic

Review

by Apollo USER (25 Reviews)
March 12th, 2011 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The National have so perfectly crafted an album to describe the adult feelings, thoughts and actions that we experience every day and help us to mature and enjoy that maturity

Every poignant moment of your entire adult life, could be summed up in the 47 minutes and 40 seconds on High Violet. After our teenage years have passed us, the passion and fire we felt for everything ranging from relationships to political and social causes may have waned and we find ourselves adrift without an anchor to tether us to this world. In our mid-20’s to early 30’s and beyond we may find ourselves wondering: ‘where did that passion go?’'

The National have so perfectly crafted an album to describe the adult feelings, thoughts and actions that we experience every day and help us to mature and enjoy that maturity. All of a sudden, the passing of our early youth does not seem so terrible. Remember when you were 18/19 years old and thought of all the things you would do and be, the relationship you would be in, the stars that you would gaze at every night and think to yourself ‘I will never become the jaded adult that I see every day in the world, I will be different’. Where are most of us now? It’s the lucky man (or woman) who actually followed through on those dreams they had. And yet, you listen to this record and you can’t help but feel that maturing, growing older and finding your way isn’t nearly as tragic as you might think.

Terrible Love opens the records on a gorgeous note with layered guitars drenched in effects and soon kicks into an uptempo chorus with impressively complex drumming and hints of piano subtly complimenting the bass . As the record progresses, tracks like Sorrow and Bloodbuzz Ohio drown the listener in emotions of melancholy with the equally downtrodden lyrics and haunting melodies. Lemonworld and Conversation 16 have incredibly catchy choruses yet suffer from slight repetitiveness. The standout track on the album England is easily one of the most emotional tracks the bands has written. The song starts off with a slow drumbeat and sweeping violins and eventually climaxes powerfully as every instrument comes together in perfect harmony.

It’s hard to isolate any flaws with High Violet. The guitars instead of leading the album, are instead a complement to the piano and strings on most songs. Still the chords used are complex and add an essential element to the success of the album. The bass is a driving force in every song, upfront and beautifully in sync with the extremely talented drumming of Bryan Devendorf.

Adulthood is a complex and intriguing part of life and with the right perspective can be the most interesting part of a human beings life. Sure youth is great, but The National have a made a record that shows us adulthood is something to be cherished in all its sorrow and glory.



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Apollo
March 12th 2011


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

w00t 15th review!

pizzamachine
March 12th 2011


12572 Comments


Hey Apollo! I find it hard to take this review seriously, but then again I'm a talking pizza. Pos.

Blackbelt54
March 12th 2011


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review

Josh D.
March 12th 2011


13972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey Kennedy, you might want to change your "real name" on your profile:

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/announcement.php?f=95

BigHans
March 12th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Awesome dude, good to see you back in the game. Pos.

Apollo
March 12th 2011


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Pizza and Blackbelt - thanks

Josh - didn't even see that, thanks for the heads up

Hans - this was burning up inside me so I had to get it out, how you been dude?

psykonaut
March 12th 2011


3913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pos'd

lookatthatparkinglot
March 13th 2011


168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Decent writeup. Seems a tid rushed. Opening paragraph was wonderful, but the rest doesn't read much like a 5.

NigelH
March 13th 2011


1571 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review. Wish you would have gotten a little more in-depth though, cause I enjoyed where you were going.

DonniSharK
March 13th 2011


466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Remember when you were 18/19 years old"
This made me shudder. I'm turning 20 in a month. Review made me feel old

Pyosisified
March 13th 2011


2450 Comments


this is ok but yea lol 5

Motiv3
March 13th 2011


8944 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this isn't a 5, but its damn close.

Counterfeit
March 13th 2011


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

my review was better

Apollo
March 13th 2011


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

thanks guys

Feit, I haven't read your review, I'm gonna check it out now.

I didn't go into too much depth of the songs themselves, more for the overall feeling of the album.

Counterfeit
March 13th 2011


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well there isnt one cause the mods deleted it

Apollo
March 15th 2011


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I never thought about love, when I thought about home

Apollo
March 15th 2011


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

hahaha

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2011


7025 Comments


new song is so good

Pyosisified
March 16th 2011


2450 Comments


I was afraid, I'd eat your brains :]

Apollo
May 15th 2011


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I've listened to this so much lately, and my wife has it on all the time...I'm starting to get sick of it!



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