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The National - Boxer - 2007 Yellow Vinyl Issue - Indie Rock LP

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The National - Boxer

Label: Beggars Banquet
Catalog#: BBQLP 252
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Yellow Vinyl Issue
has pic inner sleeve
Country: UK
Released: 22 May 2007
Genre: Rock
Style: Acoustic, Indie Rock


A1 Fake Empire 3:25
A2 Mistaken For Strangers 3:29
A3 Brainy 3:16
A4 Squalor Victoria 3:01
A5 Green Gloves 3:33
A6 Slow Show 4:06

B1 Apartment Story 3:31
B2 Start A War 3:14
B3 Guest Room 3:17
B4 Racing Like A Pro 3:26
Piano - Sufjan Stevens
B5 Ada 3:56
Piano - Sufjan Stevens
B6 Gospel 4:28

Backing Vocals - Carin Besser , Matt Berninger , Pauline De Lassus
Bass - Aaron Dessner
Bassoon - Rachael Elliott
Cello - Ha-Yang Kim
Clarinet - Sara Phillips
Drums - Bryan Devendorf
Engineer - Greg Giorgio
Engineer [Assistants] - Cory Foley-Marsello , Nathan Curry
Flute - Alex Sopp
French Horn - Jeb Wallace
Guitar - Bryce Dessner , Scott Devendorf
Keyboards - Thomas Bartlett
Mastered By - Fred Kevorkian
Organ - Padma Newsome
Producer - National, The , Peter Katis
Recorded By [Additional] - Greg Giorgio , Josh Clark
Trombone - Tim Albright
Trumpet - CJ Camerieri
Viola - Padma Newsome
Violin - Padma Newsome
Vocals - Marla Hansen

When did rock music get so beautiful again? Yeah, It had something to do with folks getting sick of garage rock (White Stripes aside) and critics never forgetting the heartbroken punk of Joy Division. But it also came from the alt country invasion of the 1990s, the dawning of Wilco World and the success of such over-played buggers as U2 and Coldplay.

But really, the fusion of rock and, gosh darn it, gorgeousness, has gotten pretty pervasive of late, with dudes like Andrew Bird and groups like our dear, overhyped Arcade Fire. But I'd argue that the masters of the Rock Can Be Pretty Without Being Awful movement are Brooklyn outsiders the National. If you like moody, wry rock, I dare you not to fall in love with this record. It trumps Wilco, and it makes Interpol look chilly and terribly detached from the real world.

I came to The National's game, like so many people, with 2004's "Alligator". (Buy it now, really.)

And I love these guys when they rock, like they do on that album, and which they don't do that much of here. But the Nats do show perhaps a stronger, trickier skill on "Boxer:" the ability to musically experiment without coming off like a band at war (hi Jeff Tweedy!), the ability to fuse rock and folk without sounding like wusses, the jujitsu to channel a mournful-yet-upbeat sound that somehow brings to mind a 30something everyman. (In songs like the stalkerish "Brainy," you're unsure if you should hug lead singer Matt Berninger or issue a restraining order against him.)

"Mistaken for Strangers" is "Boxer"'s showiest number. A jangly, dual guitar-driven anthem about being out of touch with your peeps, it manages to be both danceable and a bit depressing, which is part of the band's appeal.

But not surpisingly, it's the slower numbers on this LP that wedge themselves in your brain. Take "Ada," a dark, hypnotic trope about a demanding woman, or "Slow Show,' a song of wished-for domestic tranquilty that'd make anyone want to hurry home to Berninger. Drums spiral in and out of time signatures, Berningers sleepy-yet-sexy baritone slings ironic lyrics of relationships gone wrong and right, and all seems both right and terribly sad with the world.

The National - Apartment Story

this is music at its most purposeful,a companion to emote with while reminiscing your silly crazy thats there with ur experiences to enhance them & make you aware of those moments'

The National - Mistaken For Strangers

singing and the using of drum is very Joy Division

The National - Fake Empire

Over the last month, I watch this video weekly still affects me deeply every time I watch it. The power of the music and video is amazing.

The National - Slow Show

The National - Ada

This product was added to our catalog on Friday 25 March, 2011.

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