Boxer

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The National don't do anything radically different on Boxer, but then again, they don't really need to: their literate, quietly anthemic take on indie rock seemed to have arrived fully formed on their 2001 self-titled debut. Boxer just hones in even more precisely and intimately on the heartfelt territory the band covers, with punchy-yet-polished production and orchestration by the Clogs' Padma Newsome giving these songs an intimacy and widescreen expansiveness that rivals the Arcade Fire. The album's first four songs are among the National's finest work yet: "Fake Empire" begins as a dead-of-night ballad that echoes Leonard Cohen, then peppy brass and guitars turn it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The National don't do anything radically different on Boxer, but then again, they don't really need to: their literate, quietly anthemic take on indie rock seemed to have arrived fully formed on their 2001 self-titled debut. Boxer just hones in even more precisely and intimately on the heartfelt territory the band covers, with punchy-yet-polished production and orchestration by the Clogs' Padma Newsome giving these songs an intimacy and widescreen expansiveness that rivals the Arcade Fire. The album's first four songs are among the National's finest work yet: "Fake Empire" begins as a dead-of-night ballad that echoes Leonard Cohen, then peppy brass and guitars turn it into something joyous. The brooding "Mistaken for Strangers" touches on the side of the band that could be mistaken for a more hopeful Joy Division, if lyrics like "You wouldn't want an angel watching over you?/Surprise surprise, they wouldn't want to watch" can be counted as hopeful. "Brainy," a borderline obsessive love song, shows off the remarkable, dark chocolate richness of Matt Berninger's vocals and how well they complement the band's occasionally bookish lyrics, while "Squalor Victoria" makes the most of Newsome's lavish string arrangements. The rest of Boxer is subtler, but no less accomplished, with each song supporting the other as a classic album should. "Apartment Story"'s hypnotic chug and "Slow Show"'s witty, knowing affection make them standouts, while the graceful, regretful "Ada" plays more like a short story than a song. As focused as it is ambitious, Boxer is riveting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • Label: Beggars Banquet Us
  • UPC: 607618025212
  • Catalog Number: 80252
  • Sales rank: 4,569

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fake Empire (3:25)
  2. 2 Mistaken for Strangers (3:30)
  3. 3 Brainy (3:18)
  4. 4 Squalor Victoria (2:59)
  5. 5 Green Gloves (3:39)
  6. 6 Slow Show (4:08)
  7. 7 Apartment Story (3:32)
  8. 8 Start a War (3:16)
  9. 9 Guest Room (3:18)
  10. 10 Racing Like a Pro (3:24)
  11. 11 Ada (4:03)
  12. 12 Gospel (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The National Primary Artist
Sarah Phillips Clarinet
Tim Albright Trombone
Thomas Bartlett Keyboards
Sufjan Stevens Piano
Padma Newsome Organ, Violin, Viola
Bryce Dessner Guitar, Group Member
Rachael Elliott Bassoon
Matt Berninger Vocals, Group Member
Aaron Dessner Bass Guitar, Group Member
Bryan Devendorf Drums, Group Member
Scott Devendorf Bass Guitar, Group Member
Carin Besser Vocals
Pauline DeLassus Vocals
Alex Sopp Flute
Ha-Yang Kim Cello
Technical Credits
The National Composer, Producer, Engineer
Fred Kevorkian Mastering
Peter Katis Producer, Engineer
Bennett Paster Engineer
Padma Newsome Orchestration
Bryce Dessner Arranger
Matt Berninger Composer
Aaron Dessner Arranger, Producer
Greg Giorgio Engineer
Carin Besser Composer
Josh Clark Engineer
Abbey Drucker Cover Photo
Brandon Reid Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of the greatest albums to come out in a very long time!

    I am not one to write reviews, but I think that this album deserves one, though my writing creativity isn't there, this album is excellent.

    While listening to my XM radio, XMU more specifically, I noticed several songs by The National being played and each time the songs would just grab me. Then I started going to Youtube and looking for the songs and then putting some songs to visuals was icing on the cake. Please note, those videos on Youtube, were created by other fans. (Favorite National Youtube created videos include: Slow Show and Fake Empire)

    This album should in the future be included on most greatest indie rock albums since 2000. The more I listen to this album, I keep finding a new song that grasps my attention and makes me want to listen to it more and more.

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