Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The National

The National are back and more dapper than ever before. Lead singer, Matt Berninger, manages to channel his middle age angst into lyrics of baritone beauty. Songs about debt and upper class guilt are constant subjects for Matt. These song's subjects are what set The National apart from other traditional "rock stars." The members are all normal guys who until very recently fit the mold of the average working stiff. "High Violet" takes the sophisticated sound listeners have become accustomed to on 2007's "Boxer" and ups the ante. From track one, fuzzed guitar drones set the album's tone. Triumphant anthems such as "Bloodbuzz Ohio" demonstrates their range and ability to rock a crowd. This album has been one of the most anticipated releases of the year and it in no way disappoints. With constant touring to sold out crowds The National are a band to stay.

RIYL: Band of Horses, Rogue Wave, Spoon
High Violet

Extra: The National's 2010 Bonnaroo performance was one of the most talked about from the music filled weekend. The YouTube live stream featured Matt Berninger looking badass and crowd surfing during Mr. November.

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