The National - Boxer
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Based on 20 reviews
2007 Ratings: #8 / 627
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Based on 430 ratings
2007 Ratings: #8
May 22, 2007 / Release Date
LP / Format
Beggars Banquet / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

Boxer is even more measured and seemingly mellow than 2005's incredible Alligator, but bubbling under the dark, glassy surface are smart, engaging songs that will stay imprinted on brains when others' weightless melodies are relegated to memory's attic.

90
Drowned in Sound

What a dross opening verse to a record. Try to spout those sub-Springsteen lines without sounding a prat. Uttered by Matt Berninger’s reassuring croon, though, it seems so vital. Berninger seems the sort of majestic loser that you can associate with, a man ridden with gin-soaked, existential guilt. Under the dreary-eyed malaise of ‘Fake Empire’, The National return. Whilst the triumphant fist that previous LP Alligator rose may have lowered, Boxer documents the standard relationship gripes with absolute resignation and, though not quite as immediately arresting and rampant as its plaudit-acquiring predecessor, is an album of understated brilliance.

86
Pitchfork

Like those on their last album, these songs reveal themselves gradually but surely, building to the inevitable moment when they hit you in the gut.

amygoodall
86
I will never not think of the first moments I moved to new york listening to this thing lonely as fuck but with this whole fantasy for my future floating around in my head constantly, so yeah, I will probably always love it
ricardomcr
85
Super mellow and with a lot of catchy, soothing melancholic melodies. Relatable and honest songwritting. This is the sound of trying to hold on to something, to childhood, to being volatile and irresponsible, to a relationship, to some past life.

Edit: It's growing on me, with this rainy weather.

GO LISTEN TO: Slow Show
EMR
84
It is just amazing how this record can manage to fit among some of the very best indie-rock albums ever released without really focusing on the 'rock' part. The arrangements, the sound and production quality are all beautifully simple here, with lush timbres and on-point performances that carry out the emotive values of these compositions. A truly great, memorable work.
TheBravesDH
93
When you reach your 30's, The National automatically become your favorite band.
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Track List

  1. Fake Empire
  2. Mistaken For Strangers
  3. Brainy 
  4. Squalor Victoria
  5. Green Gloves 
  6. Slow Show 
  7. Apartment Story 
  8. Start a War 
  9. Guest Room 
  10. Racing Like a Pro 
  11. Ada
  12. Gospel

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