The National are getting worse since Boxer. And that's saying a lot, when you listen to how terrific this album has become. Still not enough "Trouble will find me" approach to one of the previous albums. But why should they? A bad album can not fabricate The National anyway, so why not some small experiments dare? Demons will not forever in my head as Bloodbuzz Ohio, I Should Live in Salt not enchanted too early so as Fake Empire. The main difference to the predecessor is well aware that the prevailing on High Violet Groove is broken on this board frequently. This is less linear and simultaneously provides more variety and less unison songs. But even after deducting the fine compromise over the earlier works, this album remains one of the best of the current year. If not the best.