album: High Violet

January 5, 2011

The National. High Violet. 4AD CAD 3X03CD, 2010. (on CD)

My first impression was that it’s pleasant but bland, but every time I’ve listened to it it’s grown on me a bit more. It’s understated and confident, with a strangely quiet, laid-back feeling for a band that’s making a lot of noise. Reminds me of Arcade Fire, late Bowie, and a little bit of Depeche Mode.

8/10 (Great).