The National

High Violet (expanded Edition)

the national release an expanded edition of their hugely successful fifth studio album 'high violet', the expanded version comes with a bonus disc of eight songs featuring an alternate version of 'terrible love', two brand new tracks 'wake up your saints' and 'you were a kindness', b-sides 'walk off' and 'sin-eaters', as well as three live recordings. 'high violet' is the brooklyn quintet's first full-length release since 2007's acclaimed long-player 'boxer' and all eleven tracks were recorded in the band's own studio in brooklyn with further recording and mixing at tarquin studios in bridgeport, connecticut with peter katis. 'high violet' is a nervy, melodic, explosive and beautiful set of songs that find the band at the height of their collaborative powers. the music is wide-ranging in its moods, by turns intimate and rough, expansive and spare, full of stark angles and atmosphere. berninger's singing - wild, half-broken, sly - evokes a feeling of being haunted, by love, by paranoia, by something just out of reach. 'high violet' may be the national's most thematically twisted record to date but it somehow also manages to be their most infectious and immediate.