Before I fell in love, I knew The National the same as any other kid who grew up with Indie parents: baritone singing, crafty lyrics, and dismal circumstances. I didn’t want to like The National—my ex-boyfriend obsessed over the release of “Boxer” and demanded that I listen to them. Naturally, I did the opposite. They seemed like nothing new and I was too addicted to Wilco to pay attention to a new, depressing band. However, I couldn’t ignore “Sorrow”; probably because it’s their simplest, most likeable song on High Violet, and it came on a compilation itunes tossed at me last year. I found myself enveloped in “Conversation 16,” a song laced with dark scenes and a sick sweetness that you can’t overlook. “Bloodbuzz Ohio” is surely becoming their album’s biggest hit. You can’t help but hum the chorus hours after you’ve heard it. All of High Violet is beautiful, by far one of the best releases in 2010. Mark Beringer masters both vulnerability and lewdness with his lyrics presenting a disarming affect to the listener. He’s the kind of guy you want to have a beer with and complain about your relationship to. I listened to the album a lot but continuously missed their touring of it in 2010. Thank God they are playing with Wye Oak at The Bank of America Pavilion on September, 9th. I won’t miss this one, you shouldn’t either. Tickets are on sale now.
It’s on my birthday so buy me a beer.