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Boxer CD (2007)

Artist: National

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Gothic in its detailing but jaunty in its execution, Boxer is something far richer than orch-pop (translation: rock 'n' roll topped with violins). Rather, the band find ways to combine the expressive depth of composed music with the urgency of pop. It's a sound built with guitar, bass, piano and drums and festooned with brass, woodwinds, backing vocals, strings, and organs. A product of dedicated labor, happenstance, and alchemical reactions, the music reveals new layers with each successive listen.


Label Beggars Banquet
SKU 204417144
UPC 607618025229
UPC 14 00607618025229
Format CD
Release Date 5/22/2007
Author National
Bass, Guitar Aaron Dessner
Drums Bryan Devendorf
Guitar Bryce Dessner
Vocals Matt Berninger
Guitar, Bass Scott Devendorf
Artist Bio
The NationalThe National are a band of New Yorkers transplanted from Cincinnati, Ohio: Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, and Scott Devendorf. What each member of the band does is not that important, but what they do together seems increasingly more so.When last we heard from The National, they'd released and toured behind their Beggars Banquet debut, Alligator, an album whose reception closely mirrored the kind of sounds they made on record - it started out quiet, and ended up very, very loud. Alligator became one of the most widely discussed and critically acclaimed independent albums of 2005 - album of the year to one Los Angeles Times critic. It also earned top marks in a poll of America's bloggeratti and rapturous reviews throughout the U.S. and Europe. (Uncut, selecting it as an album of the month, called the record "their first masterpiece.") More importantly, The National became an object of growing obsession among a thriving community of fans - strands of their lyrics decorated MySpaces; during shows, audience members sang along in unison, echoing through concert halls; news of celebrity admirers like Bruce Springsteen shot across the interwebs. The National became famous in an alternate universe - one where the gossip rags talk about the people you actually care about.
Review A while ago I wrote a review of The National at the 100 Club, and confessed that their last song of the night left me in tears. It was the climax of an emotionally draining set. By the time I listened to Gospel, the final track on the band's new album Boxer, I found the salt pricking my eyes again...Subtle and wistful, Gospel features a classic Matt Berninger vocal, at once intimate and longing, which contrasts softly with a piano and guitar melody that echoes the plaintive toll of a distant church bell...Berninger's craftsmanship as a lyricist, his ability to reflect the commonplace and profound are for once playfully displayed, before the band moves into the hypnotic Gospel, and I find myself tearful. 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.
Reviewer Danuta Kean
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Artist National
Label Beggars Banquet
Music Format Compact Disc
Billboard ...Berninger's murmuring, stream-of-conscious narratives are delivered with convincing melodrama...
Lost at Sea ...more understated than Alligator, yet just as alluring, and right on target.
Now Magazine A huge improvement over Alligator, and likely to launch the band into a new phase.
Pitchfork ...the rare album that gives back whatever you put into it.
Sputnikmusic ...a 12-song journey that thoroughly exemplifies everything that a modern rock band should be capable of.
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