High Violet, the new full-length record by the National, is a nervy, melodic, explosive and beautiful set of songs that find the band at the height of their collaborative powers. The music is wide-ranging in its moods, by turns intimate and rough, expansive and spare, full of stark angles and atmosphere. Berninger's singing-wild, half-broken, sly-evokes a feeling of being haunted, by love, by paranoia, by something just out of reach.
High Violet may be The National's most thematically twisted record to date but it somehow also manages to be their most infectious and immediate.
- 1. Terrible Love
- 2. Sorrow
- 3. Anyone's Ghost
- 4. Little Faith
- 5. Afraid Of Everyone
- 6. Bloodbuzz Ohio
- 7. Lemonworld
- 8. Runaway
- 9. Conversation 16
- 10. England
- 11. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
Jun 06Belfast, UK The National with Eve Owen at Botanic Gardens
Jun 07Limerick, Ireland The National with Eve Owen at Live at the Docklands
Jun 08Cork, Ireland The National with Eve Owen at Live at the Marquee
Jun 10Paris, France The National at Salle Pleyel
Jun 12Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands Best Kept Secret Festival 2020
Jul 15Shelburne, VT, US The National with Lucy Dacus at The Green at Shelburne Museum
Jul 17Chicago, IL, US Pitchfork Music Festival 2020
Jul 20Minneapolis, MN, US The National with Lucy Dacus at Surly Brewing Co.
Jul 21Winnipeg, MB, Canada The National with Lucy Dacus at Burton Cummings Theatre
Jul 23Edmonton, AB, Canada The National with Lucy Dacus at Edmonton Convention Centre