It was bound to happen: I’m obsessed with Boxer, the new LP from the National. Obsessed as in it’s all I’m listening to â€“ in my car, at work, at home, on my computer.
I loved Alligator, and now I’m trying to decide how Boxer ranks against it. Some thoughts: Alligator is excitable; Boxer is tempered and more even-keeled. Boxer also feels more cohesive as a whole than Alligator does. There are fewer peaks and swells where Alligator (Abel, Mr. November) was a bit more temperamental. Regardless, they are each fantastic albums.
For the record, Apartment Story is Song of the Year material without a doubt. How does one even begin to write lyrics like this?:
“Oh we’re so disarming darling, everything we did believe/
is diving diving diving diving off the balcony/
Tired and wired we ruin too easy/
sleep in our clothes and wait for winter to leave.”
Thanks to AOL’s the Interface for a glorious four-song session by the band. I trimmed up the original MP3 into individual tracks. But download in full (with interview) here. You can also check out video of the performance.
The National on AOL’s the Interface:
Mistaken for Strangers Apartment Story Slow Show Start a War
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This sounds fantastic; thanks. It’ll have to hold me until they come back to Phoenix, eh.
And, yes, the lyrics on Boxer are fantastic. This is one of my favs, from “Guest Room”
“Theyâ€™re gonna send us to prison for jerks
for having vague ideas of the way to turn each other on again”
In preparation for ACLF in September, I grabbed both these albums on a whim, and I’ve been enjoying both of them. I’m not at a point where I can say I like one over the other, but I’m leaning towards Alligator now… only because it was the one playing on my way in to work this AM.