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9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 280 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 8 out of 280

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  1. j30
    Jan 26, 2012
    10
    Amazing album. The dark, soulful LP from the Brooklyn based band is one of my favorite albums from 2007. Matt Berninger's low, crooning voice and Bryan Devendorf's bruising drums carry this album to great heights.
  2. Dec 1, 2012
    10
    The album reflects the ideas and philosophies of a grown up man and his emotions are displayed in such great depth with some amazing music you haven't heard before. Yes, the album has a serious tone and it carries its own melody which is unique and depressing somewhat.
    Clearly the best album of 2000s.
  3. May 1, 2013
    10
    Quite simply, a masterpiece of modern music. Deeply affective, darkly humorous, and as human as music can possibly be. Honestly the best album of the 2000s.
  4. Jun 20, 2013
    10
    I consider this album as a milestone of post-new-wave sound. Furthermore Matt Berninger's voice is outstanding, absolutely unique. Undoubtedly their best album!
  5. Sep 21, 2014
    10
    The slow-burning masterwork of a band at it's creative peak, both totally comfortable with where they are, and yet still pushing their own creative abilities and perfecting their craft. A perfect listen from start to finish.
  6. Jul 3, 2011
    9
    just amazing. best album of them.
  7. Mar 5, 2012
    9
    An excellent follow up to their fantastic 3rd album Alligator. This is pretty close to a 10 out of 10, probably 93 out of 100 so not quite over the line. Fake Empire and Mistaken for Strangers are two of the greatest tracks written in the last 10 years if not ever. For them most part it's mellower than Alligator and it could do with one or two more up tempo tracks like Mistaken forAn excellent follow up to their fantastic 3rd album Alligator. This is pretty close to a 10 out of 10, probably 93 out of 100 so not quite over the line. Fake Empire and Mistaken for Strangers are two of the greatest tracks written in the last 10 years if not ever. For them most part it's mellower than Alligator and it could do with one or two more up tempo tracks like Mistaken for Strangers, but I'm being very picky there. A gem of a record from a band to be treasured. Expand
  8. Mar 10, 2013
    8
    Boxer represents The National at the height of their artistic abilities. Matt Beringer's soft, baritone voice is what propels this record to exceeding heights. Every track stands out, and the drumming is beyond fantastic, some of the best drumming I've heard in a long while. From the minute this album starts, to the moment it ends, it epitomizes the perfect blend of alternative/indie rock.Boxer represents The National at the height of their artistic abilities. Matt Beringer's soft, baritone voice is what propels this record to exceeding heights. Every track stands out, and the drumming is beyond fantastic, some of the best drumming I've heard in a long while. From the minute this album starts, to the moment it ends, it epitomizes the perfect blend of alternative/indie rock. All In All, The National make an artistic statement with this record, and they only exceed these standards with their next record "High Violet" B+ Expand
  9. Apr 12, 2013
    8
    Far better than its predecessor in terms of arrangements: these songs are truly flawless.
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. The National hews too closely to established formula on "Boxer," content to revisit previously explored territory without expanding its sound.
  2. Here, most gestures remain a bit too consciously panoramic—elegant enough for comfort but often not chancy enough to be breathtaking.
  3. A patchy, flawed effort.