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The National reveal High Violet cover art, track listing

on March 16, 2010, 1:35pm

It is hard to believe that it’s been almost three years since The National released Boxer, one of the most subtly brilliant albums of the past decade.  But soon the waiting will be over and we’ll have their long-awaiting fifth LP in our hands.  Set for a May 11th release on 4AD records, High Violet will be the group’s first album with the label.

The bright and shiny album cover is taken from “The Binding Force,” a sculpture by American artist Mark Fox. The explosively loud colors seem fitting, especially if you take in consideration the rousing anthem we tasted last week, when the band debuted album-opener “Terrible Love” on Jimmy Fallon. The band’s hype machine is in full force, so expect to see them popping up everywhere. Perhaps you were lucky enough to catch their secret show at The Bell House in Brooklyn last week?  If not we’ve got you covered here and here.

High Violet Track Listing:
01. Terrible Love
02. Sorrow
03. Anyone’s Ghost
04. Little Faith
05. Afraid of Everyone
06. Bloodbuzz Ohio
07. Lemonworld
08. Runaway
09. Conversation 16
10. England
11. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

The National 2010 Tour Dates:
03/26 – Knoxville, TN @ Big Ears Festival
04/22 – Richmond, VA @ The National
04/23 – Richmond, VA @ The National
05/05 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
05/06 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
05/07 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith *
05/08 – Berlin, DE @ Astra
05/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern #
05/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern #
05/23 – San Diego, CA @ Spreckels Theatre #
05/26 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre #
05/27 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre #
05/29 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
06/02 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues ^
06/03 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues ^
06/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory ^
06/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory ^
06/06 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall ^
06/08 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall ^
06/09 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall ^
06/11-13 – Manchester, UK @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/16 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall ^
07/14 – Munich, DE @ Dachau Musiksommer
07/16-18 – Lisbon, PT @ Super Bock Super Rock
07/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn %

* = w/ Pavement
# = w/ Ramona Falls
^ = w/ The Antlers
% = w/ Beach House

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