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Trouble Will Find Me, the most self-assured collection of songs produced by the National in its 14-year career, is a tribute to fully evolved artistic vision—and, somewhat less mystically, to sleep deprivation.

Last January, following a twenty-two month tour to promote the band’s previous record, High Violet, guitarist Aaron Dessner returned home to Brooklyn, where the ... Read more in Amazon's The National Store

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  • Audio CD (10 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B003BKF696
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,315 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Fifth studio album from the New York-based indie band. The album features contributions from members of The Arcade Fire and Bon Iver, and includes the single 'High Violet'.

BBC Review

Brooklyn's The National are the absolute antithesis of an overnight success. Together for over a decade, the group's slow ascent to international acclaim has been emotional. While several critics have clicked with albums of swollen heart and bruised soul, a handful have mistaken deliberate, delectable languor for dismissible listlessness. But those who've embraced Matt Berninger's baritone, and subsequently each fascinating detail that trails in its wake, have discovered a band for life–for love and loss, euphoric highs and exhausting lows. For everything, always.

2005's Alligator–its Daughters of the Soho Riots still empties the air from this listener's lungs every time–marked the moment The National broke underground (2010 parlance: 'blogosphere') cover, and they've refined and arguably improved their output ever since. High Violet is the quintet's fifth long-player proper (and highest of profile yet), following 2007's excellent Boxer, and again features orchestral embellishments courtesy of Clogs' Padma Newsome. It is being talked about in certain circles as a potential album of the year, but this is no release to shout about from the rooftops in the hope of attracting strangers. Its charms are subtle, its grip soft and easily shrugged by those who choose to pay it only passing attention. Live with it a while, though, and High Violet rewards patience with songs that colour one's waking existence, becoming vivid night-time narratives when curtains are drawn.

Berninger's lyrics, though tonally divisive, are incredibly engaging. He's no Steinbeck, no Kerouac, despite endorsements from the most feverishly faithful; but his stories, delivered with wrenching sincerity, form the first point of entry for newcomers awaiting enlightenment. High Violet is an album characterised largely by absence, and displacement–of being someplace other than ideal. This extends from simple geography–the overseas lover of England's vexed protagonist, the big-city claustrophobia of the luscious Little Faith–to the afterlife ruminations of Anyone's Ghost, a song that blindsides with its switch from aloof coolness to an affecting concession of continued allegiance after death parts its players.

To the untrained (read: unfocused) ear, High Violet may sound pedestrian. But such drama lies in the richly textured nuances that this album ultimately plays like a movie you'd never dream of breaking from, whatever the reason. Set fire to the theatre and The National will play on, those who paid attention earlier again foregoing comfort for captivating beauty, until the final flames flicker into stillness. --Mike Diver

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Josh Saus on 12 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
When i was first given this album, I was a bit dubious. On first listen it sounded a bit monotonous- Matt Berninger's baritone seemingly numbing the subtle, low key tunes. However, gradually, tracks began to bloom. The second half of the album did this first- Lemon World's unusual detail in the chorus was quickly overwhelmed by some of the most beautiful verses i've heared- once they've caught, you'll do well to stop listening to it all day. Vanderlyle- the last track and England, the penultimate one, soon became tracks I would enjoy immensely. However, it's the first half of the album that eventually offered the most. Tracks 1,3 4 and 5 all gleamed after a number of listens into some of my favourite tracks of the year. But it's Sorrow that has overwhelmed me. You'll do well to find a subtler, more beautiful song than this.
On reflection, this is certainly one of the best albums i've owned; the coherence of the entire listen, and the incredible quality of the individual tracks themselves all make a remarkable piece of work.
If you're put off by the first couple of listens, please persist. It'll reward you many times over
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Parker on 24 April 2011
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I am totally new to this band. My friend introduced me to them last week and we're off to see them at Latitude. Completely spellbinding stuff - I have my own thoughts on some of their influences but I don't want to analyse them and get slated by another reviewer!
Listening to 'England' - cracking track. These guys are truly superb musicians. I haven't had this addiction to an album since my teens (in my forties now!) and cannot wait to see them live. Now need to buy some previous albums.....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Artem Urlapov on 11 Oct 2011
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This is music to mend the tortured of souls of those who're considered (and in many cases are) mature and experienced. Not to mend exactly, actually, since when you're such in a state, most of the time you only want to be heard by someone. Just to be heard. A voice full of discomfort and anxiety that just wishes to be heard. And to be heard by someone not to be given solutions, criticism or plans. It's just about a voice of a soul survivor, of a man or woman witness of the times that they had to live. A voice. The only thing among silence and the only thing which is capable to confront the relentless persistence of memory and unforgiveness. It's about how you become older, and even though you still have plans and wishes for the future, you just come outside to smoke a cigarette and take a look at all things that have passed in front of yours eyes and you realize how much you had to do of all to which you were completely opposed. As clames the magnificent Runaway: "What makes you think that I'm enjoying this? / We don't bleed and we don't fight. / Go ahead, go ahead. / Throw your arms in the air tonight. /Throw your shirts in the fire tonight." Just come to terms with the things lost in the fire of time, take your dignity and renaissance in water and keep on walking, 'cause there's nothing left to do anymore. We're the soul survivors.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S.R.J VINE VOICE on 4 May 2010
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If you have been with them a while, you have , I suspect been frustrated at how such musical magnificence can go so unnoticed. Surely they can't go on producing such statuesque musical moments of beauty, without the world sitting up and taking notice. It seems the world is, if the 'buzz' about High Violet is anything to go by, at last coming to its senses. If you heard Boxer then you may well have wondedered if it could be done again or bettered.Well I will be honest I dont know yet- its feels as good, but dont know if it will linger in my head and create such devotion as Boxer did.
As I write I am listening to 'England', my arms are tingling,it is spellbinding. Hyperbolae ? exaggeration? No, I kid you not, this band are as perfect as you are going to get, musically, lyrically and as good as it gets. it has one minor flaw, there isn't an immediately accessible track, that makes you go around humming its tune (as is 'Fake Empire from Boxer), 'Lemonworld' is as near as this album gets to catchy. So where does the force come from, as usual its Matt Beringers voice (haunting without trying) and if you are sick of basic 4/4/ drumming, then have a listen to some of the magnificent drum patterns that weave around sparse guitar work and gentle piano.I have read somewhere they did 80 takes of one song, then plumped for the original take-you get that feeling of dedication and intensity on every song.
Its intense, powerfully subtle, and quite beautiful.
I dont care if its deemed album of the year, its my album of the moment, a bone fide masterpiece.It has restored my faith in new music
S.R.J
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Kielty on 22 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
this album is just so amazing it will have you totally immersed in its enchantment the tracks all sound so good england runaway terrible love and sorrow are just so brilliant not a bad track on there as good as arcade fires suburbs just buy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By muffled yell on 14 Jan 2011
Format: Audio CD
The National have a very natural apparently uncontrived voice, when you listen to one of their albums it feels as if you are listening to music that has been made for its own sake. The style is laconic and is sometimes touching, sometimes quizzical, but all offerings are carefully crafted. High Violet has a coming of age feel to it, like shaking off a time or mood, and aspires to the big crowd anthem sound that should have been theirs before now. The highlights are 'terrible love' and 'bloodbuzz ohio' but every song has that photograph moment where it chimes with your own emotion or experience. It is a camera obscura of music. This album has the curious quality of being able to sit quietly through your headphones or blast out of your speakers and sound equally good. I would highly recommend this band and this album and think there is even better to come.
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