The National


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The National's 2005 album "Alligator" saw them fulfil the promise shown on their previous two albums, and set the bar impossibly high for their follow up.

However, with "Boxer" they've created something quite stunning, in fact the opening three tracks, "Fake Empire", "Mistaken For Strangers" and "Brainy" are possibly their best songs ever. A taut rhythm section is present throughout, and complements the languid vocals and lush string arrangements perfectly. Although the strings and Matt Berninger's distinctive drawl create a solemn mood, there are plenty of upbeat moments here too, creating a rich anthemic album with just the right amount of melancholy.


Laura says: Re-listening to this for the first time in ages, it still stands up as a great album. It was originally released in 2007 and was my album of the year that year, pretty much soundtracking my entire summer. Listening now you can see the progression from previous album 'Alligator' and how they moved on from this to 2010's 'High Violet'. All the key factors are there: the intricate, layered arrangements, the brooding intensity and of course Matt's distinctive vocals.


1. Fake Empire
2. Mistaken For Strangers
3. Brainy
4. Squalor Victoria
5. Green Gloves
6. Slow Show
7. Apartment Story
8. Start A War
9. Guest Room
10. Racing Like A Pro
11. Ada
12. Gospel

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