"Terrible Love (Alternate Version)"
Released: November 22, 2010
High Violet is the fifth studio album by The National, which was released on May 10, 2010 in Europe and on May 11, 2010 in North America via 4AD. The band produced the album themselves assisted by Peter Katis with whom they worked on their previous albums Alligator and Boxer at their own studio in Brooklyn, New York, and at Katis' Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The sculpture on the album cover was created by artist Mark Fox, and is called The Binding Force.
An expanded edition of High Violet was released through 4AD on November 22, 2010. The reissue includes the standard 11-track album along with a new bonus disc, featuring the unreleased tracks "You Were a Kindness" and "Wake Up Your Saints" as well as alternate versions, B-sides, and live recordings.
The album's first single "Bloodbuzz Ohio" was made available for download on the band's website on March 24, 2010. The song was also released on 7" vinyl (with the exclusive B-side "Sin-Eaters") on May 3, 2010.
On April 19, 2010, a low-quality version of the album was leaked onto the internet in its entirety which prompted the band to announce that the album would be streaming on The New York Times' website from April 23 until April 27, then on NPR's website until May 11.
High Violet was released to wide critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 based on reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a "universal acclaim" score of 85, based on 36 reviews.Sputnikmusic awarded High Violet 5 out of 5, stating that the album "is another batch of cement to further supplement The National's already unshakable concrete career," also calling the album "their third masterpiece in a row."Drowned in Sound gave the album a 9 out of 10 rating, and the BBC hailed the album as "the New Yorkers' finest disc to date" and "a potential album of the year."Pitchfork Media's review stated that High Violet is "the sound of a band taking a mandate to be a meaningful rock band seriously," and gave the album a score of 8.7 out of 10.
The album was considered by many critics to be one of the best albums of the year. In a Year in Review, Exclaim! gave High Violet their No. 7 spot for Best Pop & Rock Albums of 2010.Exclaim! writer, Travis Persaud said "High Violet continues the envious feat of releasing another album that's superior to its predecessor." This album was number 15 on Rolling Stone's list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010. The album was number 4 on Time's list of Top 10 Albums of 2010.Pitchfork Media placed it at number 28 on its list "The Top 50 Albums of 2010".
The album debuted at #3 on the US Billboard 200 and has sold over 250,000 copies in the US and 600,000 copies worldwide. The album also debuted in Canada at #2, in Portugal at #3, and in Germany at #10. High Violet is now a Gold Album in Canada, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Australia and the United Kingdom.