The National: High Violet – TNT album review

The fifth album from Brooklyn quintet The National won’t come as any surprise to listeners 
who have heard any or all 
of their previous four.

The songs remain more about extended verses than big choruses; Matt Berninger’s vocals still don’t get far 
above middle C; and the band continue to deal in shades of grey rather than primary colours.

Most of it 
is reliably good, but the formula was more effective 
on previous album Boxer.