The National are set to release a remastered version of their iconic album High Violet to celebrate its tenth anniversary.
The five-piece rock band formed in 1999 originally released the album in 2010. Featuring art-rock and indie-rock sounds, the album includes some of their most popular now-classics such as Bloodbuzz Ohio.
The triple LP set comes out on June 19th and is not only their original hit album but an expanded version including bonus tracks, alternate versions of fan favourites formerly not available on vinyl and live recordings.
Available in three different versions, fans can get their hands on either their Standard (white & purple marbled vinyl), Cherry Tree (white & purple split colour vinyl), and Vinyl Me Please (white & purple splatter vinyl).
The re-release of the album is almost like a collector’s item. It is a way for fans to celebrate and commemorate the band’s success.
The songs on this album are particularly personal. Exploring themes like social anxiety and identity crisis’, the lyrics are relatable and meaningful. After being criticised so much for their monotonous sound in their early career, their decision to rerelease this album is like they are choosing to celebrate their roots and their growth rather than ignore it.
The album itself is full of songs with different moods and vibes but it still manages to remain cohesive and tight. Lead singer Matt Berninger’s classic rock voice is beautifully paired with poetic lyrics and gloomy instrumentals.
Comparable to bands like Bon Iver, their music is very dreary and melancholic. At the risk of being repetitive, the band have avoided that by including livelier and more experimentative tracks such as Conversation and Wake Up Your Saints.
In the midst of coronavirus, the band have announced that profits made from their webstore and fan club enrolment will go to the twelve crew members affected by their tour cancellation that was set to kick off this year.
During a time like this, naturally we find ourselves reminiscing of the past. After the success of their eighth album I Am Easy to Find released last year, The National have spoiled their fans with this re-release to remind them of the good old days, allowing them to enjoy and celebrate their decade-old critically acclaimed album on vinyl.
High Violet 10-Year Anniversary Expanded Edition Triple LP is out 19 June 2020