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  • Summary: Sufjan Stevens is among the guests on the Brooklyn band's follow-up to their acclaimed 2005 release 'Alligator.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. To be succinct and frank, Boxer is superb. Not only did The National create a startling, astonishing work of genius but they also crafted an album that is one beautiful piece of art.
  2. To those with time for only a passing glance, it could conceivably come across as dull, but a close look at monumental songs like "Start A War" and the scathingly sad, funny "Slow Show" will reveal bleak, black diamonds—precious, glimmering, and lasting.
  3. 90
    While Boxer lacks a knockout punch like last album’s 13th round uppercut “Mr. November,” all scorecards still have the National besting David Berman to remain indie rock’s “Great White Mope.”
  4. Rolling Stone
    The songs are subtler, statelier, with Matt Berninger's baritone exuding lonesome warmth. [31 May 2007, p.93]
  5. It gathers momentum slowly, making for a brew so quietly potent and pulsating with repressed energy you're almost afraid to leave the room while it's playing in case it explodes messily all over the walls.
  6. Uncut
    The core of the album lies in a cluster of gorgeously restrained, piercingly evocative pieces built mostly from acoustic instruments. [Jun 2007, p.94]
  7. In the absence of specific moments of revelation, the general melancholy becomes wearing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 139
  1. JonB.
    Jun 23, 2008
    Yes, I like this album even more than Radiohead's Rainbows. Best album of the year.
  2. FionaV
    Jun 18, 2007
    It's just ace and keeps on getting better and better
  3. Jim
    Aug 7, 2007
    Perfect album start to finish. There is not a weak track on it. I did not think they could out do Alligator but they did bigtime!
  4. SamG
    Apr 29, 2007
  5. TristramC
    Jun 8, 2007
    These guys are in Minneapolis tonight. I came on to get tickets. It sold out. It sold out because as good as Alligator was Boxer blows it These guys are in Minneapolis tonight. I came on to get tickets. It sold out. It sold out because as good as Alligator was Boxer blows it away. I was just foolish enough to believe these guys were still my little secret. Only better cd i've heard from this year is Copia by Eluvium. Quietly, one of the best tracks of 2005 was '...Soho Riots' off Alligator. Elsewhere on that album that moment wasn't even touched. On Boxer they are everywhere. The National are compared with Interpol quite a bit and I can hear it but imagine if in place of Interpols angular rigidity there was Leonard Cohen's fluidity & lushness. Yeah. Its great. Expand
  6. mattb
    Jun 24, 2007
    i realized that i was in love with my girlfriend while listening to this album
  7. XooX
    May 22, 2007
    This band, and album, sucks.

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