Friday, April 23, 2010

Album of the Year (thus far)

The National's new album High Violet is sensational. Album of the year so far by a landslide. I think this record will eclipse both Alligator and Boxer for me with more listens. Richard Reed Parry's heavy involvement is very noticable which of course is a very good thing. Read more about his contribution in this post. Can't wait until I get my deep deep dark purple vinyl copy. Bliss.
Stream High Violet in its entirety.

Thank you muchly, The National!

4 comments:

John said...

I don't listen to The National much... I like their new song Bloodbuzz Ohio, but that's just about it.

2010 is going to have some great releases. Arcade Fire's Suburb/Urban theme'd thing, Stars' The Five Ghosts, Department Of Eagles' Archives, Coldplay's new whatever (come on, they aren't THAT bad...) Broken Social Scene's Forgiveness Rock Record, we've already got Laura Veirs' July Flame, which is incredible, and mayyybe Bright Eyes' final album, but that might wait until 2011...

joel said...

Amazing band if you ask me. I think the best album to start with would be Boxer.

Amazing year for music yeah. Though you'll never get me to say I'm remotely excited for a upcoming Coldplay album ;)

John said...

Quick question: On the album cover for this, is that a beaker with all the writing coming out of it?

joel said...

Good question. Not sure what it's supposed to look like. You can read more about the artwork here: http://www.brooklynrail.org/2008/07/artseen/mark-fox-paper-bulls