The National - High Violet

In Brandon’s beautiful review of the National’s excellent show at Bell House last month, he mentioned “Runaway,” a song that will be the slow jam of 2010. We’re still waiting on its studio form, but until then there is “Afraid Of Everyone,” which is another previously previewed in concert track and follows “Bloodbuzz Ohio” as an official blog-baiting MP3 for cheapskates. It’s ghostly and brassy, features Sufjan Stevens on background vocals, and builds patiently because it is the National, and its key refrain is evocative of the midlife issues Matt Berninger’s baritone chronicles so aptly: “With my kids on my shoulders I try not to hurt anybody out loud / But I don’t have the drugs to sort it out.” It’s more of a cultural crisis than a midlife one; we’re talking social disappointment, not agoraphobia. Download it.

High Violet is out 5/11 via 4AD.

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  1. ddogdunit  |   Posted on Apr 13th, 2010 -8

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  2. Epic track, prefer it to Bloodbuzz! bit of an OTT reaction there ddogunit, not sure i really got the whole water thing but didn’t make my blood boil in quite the same way as it did you… evidently

  3. As per ddogdunit’s request, everybody must now interpret music in exactly the same way.

  4. “It’s more of a cultural crisis than a midlife one; we’re talking social disappointment, not agoraphobia.” Oh, the lot of the bearded 35-yr-old, which of course = society. My god.

    And what IS it with water? The fact that nothing is an easier or more loaded reference to dump in a song, most likely. Or wonder about in a music review that strains mightily to be something more when it isn’t even a decent version of the thing it’s supposed to be.

  5. This song made my ears orgasm.

  6. Can’t wait to get my hands on this new album…

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