High Violet (2010) The National are masters of a baroque and somber indie-rock subgenre — call it Hopeless Majestic — defined by dirgelike guitars and elegiac imagery. Their… 2010-05-11 The National Rock
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High Violet (2010)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 11, 2010; Lead Performance: The National; Genre: Rock

The National are masters of a baroque and somber indie-rock subgenre — call it Hopeless Majestic — defined by dirgelike guitars and elegiac imagery. Their fifth album High Violet is slow to blossom; its sumptuous layers and stately pace can feel almost funereal, and frontman Matt Berninger often sounds badly in need of Paxil. But Violet eventually burrows in, and stays. B+

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Originally posted May 05, 2010 Published in issue #1102 May 14, 2010 Order article reprints