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  • Summary: The third album for the UK-based band, led by Tennessee-born Nathan Nicholson, was produced by Ethan Johns and exemplifies their wide-ranging sound.
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  • Record Label: Absentee Recordings / I Absentee
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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The Runner
Different They'll destroy you But it ain't nothing It ain't nothing to me Different They'll destroy you But it ain't nothing It ain't nothing to... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
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  1. Mojo
    Apr 4, 2011
    80
    Their strong suits are Nathan Nicholson's forlorn warble and the pop hooks that pepper quiet melodramatic, minor-chord rock songs like Locked In The Basement. [Mar 2011, p.98]
  2. Feb 28, 2011
    70
    Whether it's their best collection to date would be open to debate (and to these ears it isn't; Union still takes that accolade by a fair margin). In any case, it should serve them well both for the present and the future.
  3. Dec 19, 2011
    70
    Moments of band interplay showcase their collective ear for the nervously romantic-sounding post-punk that's helped inspire the group's sound.
  4. 60
    They have the relentless persistence needed to stick to the wall long enough (this is their third self-released album), but despite their striving for the grandiose (Kings producer Ethan Johns provides the country-ish bluster) and breaks (a spot in rom-com Going The Distance for last album "Union"), there's still that dark sparkle missing.
  5. Q Magazine
    Mar 9, 2011
    60
    More engaging doom from the download kings. [March 2011, p. 101]
  6. Uncut
    Mar 8, 2011
    60
    Johns eliminates the melodramatic slow builds and punches up the groove quotient, much as he did for Ryan Adams on the similarly melancholy Heartbreaker. [Mar 2011, p.85]
  7. Feb 28, 2011
    50
    There is just such little originality, no individuality, no curious spark. It swiftly becomes such a predictable ride you could pull over at track three, improvise the rest of the journey yourself, and still reach the same destination.

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  1. Feb 26, 2012
    8
    I surprisingly really enjoyed "The Cold Still" by the The Boxer Rebellion. It's nothing perfect but each track really holds up on it's own.I surprisingly really enjoyed "The Cold Still" by the The Boxer Rebellion. It's nothing perfect but each track really holds up on it's own. All In All, The Boxer Rebellion have crafted a great indie album. B+ Expand