Album Review: “High Violet” by The National

It took me a few listen-throughs of this album before I started to find the emotional anchor points, the ideas and images that I connected to. Every album by The National has been this way for me, and High Violet is no exception. There’s a oddness to some of the lyrical imagery that proves difficultContinue reading “Album Review: “High Violet” by The National”

Album Review-“Heaven is Whenever” by The Hold Steady

I would have never thought that the absence of a keyboard player would be so sorely felt, especially from a rock band. When a vocalist leaves, the voice of the band is altered and the strangeness puts an awkward distance between the audience and the band, until the audience reconnects with the old songs inContinue reading “Album Review-“Heaven is Whenever” by The Hold Steady”