Forget One Republic. Forget Imagine Dragons. “Times are changing.” – 30 Seconds to Mars
Not to spoil it for you but… my goodness this album hits so many high points. 10.5/10
I remember hearing Omega Dog on Pandora–and waiting hours to hear it again only to realize YouTube existed and I could listen there.
I want to start by saying the album High Violet by The National is probably one of my favorite go-to’s for chillaxing and remedying artistry–along with it being Wilder Mind by Mumford & Sons and The Runaway Found by The Veils. The three seem to form an inseparable boomerang of musical inspiration. The tones, tunes, rhythms, progressions, vibes, voices…
Anyway, you can get the picture. When I found out Aaron and Bryce Dessner (of The National) were heading up the tribute to the Grateful Dead–the Day of the Dead CD collection–I instantly fell in love with the memorandum. That, and Peggy-o is just flat out an amazing song. Usually I go artist-crazy and buy every album I can of theirs once I’m hooked (as the case with Josh Garrels, Dredg, Future of Forestry, U2, and several others), I decided to wait it out. Simply knowing the contribution was led by The National gave me hope that, perhaps, they had an album stirring in the shadows.
I was right and I love it.
While tracks like “Walk It Back”, “Turtleneck” and “Sleep Well Beast” aren’t particularly my favorite, they’ve steadily grown on me (especially “Walk It Back”, though the language makes it hard to listen on repeat around the wife xD ).
It is different from High Violet and more so a melancholy backdrop of tracks. As far as the album’s topic and content, someone else has bested me in putting it and I recommend reading their review. Overall, I am glad to be a fan of The National and certainly they still remain a go-to group for something familiar, soothing, and on repeat.
If anything, give a listen to the tracks “Day I Die”, “Born To Beg”, and “Guilty Party”. At least those xD
I was doubtful; I wasn’t all too attentive.
I was completely wrong.
Haters gonna hate, lovers gonna wait, and muscistens gonna appreciate. Like seriously, Linkin Park’s latest album, One More Light, is causing quite the division in fandom as it most definitely is not the Linkin Park people have once perceived.. yet is most definitely the Linkin Park I’ve come to know and love.
So I just found out Linkin Park has their new album coming out in May and I am stoked beyond all reasonable reason. Thus far, two songs have been unveiled: “Heavy” and “Battle Symphony”–and they are two very different songs. Unlike their last album, The Hunting Party, this one–entitled One More Light–seems to be breaking their trend as did their album Minutes To Midnight.
There were those big fans of their last album, The Hunting Party, though I was not really one of them. Definitely tried and there were indeed great moments and a few songs I liked, but I am definitely anxious to see what they’ve stirred up for this upcoming album. All-in-all, my anticipation is projecting it good, and definitely a new direction.
I will update upon its release. Stay awesome.