The key difference between these three bands is that The Nationalâ€™s High Violet wasnâ€™t intended to be an album about break-ups and love lost. The National said its original concept had been to produce something â€œhappy,â€ but the first idea was quickly thrown out the window. Instead, they went in the opposite direction.
Do you have to be nursing a broken heart to enjoy High Violet?
The songs on High Violet are full of atmosphere, theyâ€™re as lyrically rich as they are twisted, and they have an undeniable cinematic quality. In â€œConversation 16â€ the imagery flows from scene to scene:
Meet our friends out for dinner
When I said what I said I didnâ€™t mean anything
We belong in a movie
Try to hold it together till our friends are gone
We should swim in a fountain
Do not want to disappoint anyone
Other tracks like â€œAnyoneâ€™s Ghostâ€ hit you right in the center, but in a good way that has you repeating, â€œI donâ€™t want anybody else.â€
The National – ‘Anyone’s Ghost’ Castle Rock session
And if nothing else can be said for The National, front man Matt Berningerâ€™s rich baritone is a devastatingly hypnotic listen. Catch them as they pass through Oklahoma.
The National play Cainâ€™s Ballroom April 19th. Doors open at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $31.00. Tickets at the door are $33.00.
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