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Boxer


The National


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Disc 1:
  # Track Name Artist MP3 Sample
  1   Fake Empire The National MP3 sample
  2   Mistaken For Strangers The National MP3 sample
  3   Brainy The National MP3 sample
  4   Squalor Victoria The National MP3 sample
  5   Green Gloves The National MP3 sample
  6   Slow Show The National MP3 sample
  7   Apartment Story The National MP3 sample
  8   Start a War The National MP3 sample
  9   Guest Room The National MP3 sample
  10   Racing Like a Pro The National MP3 sample
  11   ADA The National MP3 sample
  12   Gospel The National MP3 sample


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Released to minor acclaim early in 2005, the National's third album, Alligator, quietly and steadily built up a large, avid, fanbase. Thoughtful, unpretentious lyrics combined with complex rhythms and obtuse hooks saw the band's music being increasingly described as 'intelligent listening' and Alligator was obviously a turning point, thrusting the Brooklyn band into the critical spotlight.
Now The National have returned with album number four, a worthy follow-up that isn't a radical departure from form, but instead builds on the literate, quietly anthemic template that the group has been working on since their 2001 debut. The Boxer is slightly less New Wave-y than its predecessor, with many of the tracks taking on a more organic polish, but the essence of self-assured restraint and urban alienation remains - and places The Boxer squarely in the ranks of modern indie-alt classics (even calling in favours from that genre's contemporary heroes, with Sufjan Stevens amongst the guest contributors here).
A charming and reflective release and one we recommend heartily.

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Artist: The National
Album: Boxer
Cat #: BBQCD252
Date: 25/05/2007
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Beggars Banquet
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 Days
Genres: Alt/Indie/Punk , Pop
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