This expanded edition of High Violet is becoming increasingly exciting. Exciting and incongruently cheerful. The National already dropped their wistful, tour diary video for the alternate version of “Terrible Love” which is fast eclipsing the original version. Perhaps they thought little rays of sunshine wouldn’t be welcome on an album steeped in paranoia and somberness.
Before you run out and grab this very giftable package tomorrow, check out the new song “Wake Up Your Saints” (via Pigeons and Planes) which again features a more jovial turn for the Berninger and Brothers Dessner and Devendorf. Do you think the omission of this song was a good call, as it would have stuck out like a sore thumb? Or could the original version have used this bouncy number? Don’t worry, Berninger’s obtuse lyrics are still all over it. Check it out below.
And for those frugal shoppers, you can get the High Violet Expanded Edition for just $7.99 this Black Friday. Godspeed to you all you retail workers out there. Godspeed.