Archive | Jun 04, 2018

Certain Songs #1228: The National – “Bloodbuzz Ohio”

Album: High Violet
Year: 2010

The National hit their peak with 2010’s High Violet, 10 songs full of tension and release, none more tight and explosive than the single “Bloodbuzz Ohio,” one of the very greatest songs in what I thought was the best year for music since the early 1990s.

Like most of the best National songs, “Bloodbuzz Ohio” is driven by drummer Bryan Devendorf, who plays a beat that is continually battling itself, over which — led by Aaron Dessner’s chiming piano — the rest of the National toss out a drone that is deep and endless, like maybe something from Forever Now.