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The National: High Violet
Buy! - (4AD)
This Brooklyn band’s 5th album is a gorgeous-sounding set of dark, brooding indie-rock, similar to previous triumphs Boxer and Alligator, but with a more richly textured sound to flesh out the band’s elegiac songs, which often balance their bleak melancholy with an undercurrent of sardonic humor. Matt Berninger’s stately baritone remains one of indie rock’s most distinctive voices, and its expressive power is enhanced here by the album’s sumptuous musical surroundings. 5/10/2010 - Don Yates
Other National album reviews:

Trouble Will Find Me - 5/17/2013
Boxer - 5/9/2007
Alligator - 3/23/2005