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High VioletHigh Violet is the fifth album from Brooklyn-based band The National.  Initially, it’s the most successful release so far (debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200).   The lyric quality of writer/singer Matt Berninger combined with the sonic experimentation of the rest of the band (two sets of brothers: Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Scott and Bryan Devendorf) signals a shift in focus for the 10-year-old band.  It’s not stadium rock and although Sufjan Stevens and Padma Newsome both contributed to the project it misses the indie folk train too.  The album has elements of both while being true to their indie rock roots and if memorability is a sign of success then High Violet will likely become their most successful project to date (something to be said for a band that had two different albums on that received attention for album of the decade).  David Letterman recently hosted The National performing “Afraid of Everyone”.  “Bloodbuzz Ohio” and “Lemonworld” are also tracks that shouldn’t be missed.

In a nation of American Idols the serious American band is all too rare.  High Violet combines meaningful creativity, fresh lyricism and musicality.