Wednesday, June 6, 2007

The National - Boxer

The National
Beggar's Banquet 2007

Reactor Rating: 9.5 out of 10

The National is a once in a lifetime kind of band. In my estimation at least. And Boxer just might be close to one of my favorite CD's in the past five years. It is really that good.

Broody and melancholy, lyrical and expansive, personal and yet filled with angst-ridden observations of alienation, The National manages to summon the ghost of the late Ian Curtis (and I might say better at times; see: "Fake Empire"), and also achieved the dark harmonium of sound that I had so hoped Interpol would have embraced following their Turn on The Bright Lights (see: "Mistaken for Strangers").

Boxer is an album that must not be missed, it is a masterpiece from a band close to touching greatness — on second thought, they already have.

-Mark Dougherty

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