Boxer - The National
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  • Summary: Sufjan Stevens is among the guests on the Brooklyn band's follow-up to their acclaimed 2005 release 'Alligator.'
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. The National were worried that they wouldn't be able to follow up Alligator, that fans would be disappointed. Boxer proves their fears ungrounded - and that Alligator was no one classic wonder.
  2. 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.
  3. It is the subtle orchestral aspect to the record that stands out, with the same washed arrangements that Grizzly Bear and close cohorts Clogs manage to incorporate so casually.
  4. Sometimes, the hype is right. [Jul 2007, p.170]
  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. As focused as it is ambitious, Boxeris riveting.
  7. Here, most gestures remain a bit too consciously panoramic—elegant enough for comfort but often not chancy enough to be breathtaking.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 138
  1. Jun 20, 2013
    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! Expand
  2. Dec 1, 2012
    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
    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. Expand
  4. Mar 5, 2012
    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 for Strangers, but I'm being very picky there. A gem of a record from a band to be treasured. Expand
  5. Jul 3, 2011
    just amazing. best album of them.
  6. Mar 10, 2013
    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
  7. Apr 12, 2013
    Far better than its predecessor in terms of arrangements: these songs are truly flawless.

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