Preview The National's New Album, High Violet
So how is it? It's hard for the National to disappoint -- me, especially -- and at first listen, it gave me the same hair-raising hackles Boxer did. According to the New York Times Magazine, the band's aspiration for this album was to make a light, fun, catchy record. "Not so many dirgey love songs," said vocalist Matt Berninger. But it turned out to be a pretty dark record. I can't wait to see how long it lasts on my playlist.