The National- High Violet (2010) For Fans Of: Interpol, Editors, Joy Division, The Walkmen, The Antlers, Arcade Fire
I'm a sucker for bands whose lead singers have classic baritone voices. The National is no exception. I fell in love with their 2007 release Boxer, but I might like their latest album even more. High Violet manages to be deeply melodic, yet subtly creepy. The way Matt Berninger brushes through lines will have you do a double take when you suddenly realize he's saying he's afraid he'll eat your brains because he's evil. We're talking lots of metaphorical talk about zombies, ghosts and being carried into Ohio in a swarm of bees. Get excited.
There's also some noteworthy background vocals in the album such as those of Sufjan Stevens in "Afraid of Everyone" and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver in "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks."