Monday, May 28, 2007

The National

I've been waiting for this one.

There's a quiet tension in Boxer, the new album from Brooklyn band The National. It's a familiar element of the band's music, but this time it's got more answers than questions behind it.

From opener "Fake Empire" and on through to the finish, The National have managed to keep all of the shapeshifting intrigue and sonic clarity of their last record, the fantastic Alligator, and improve on it with a melodic confidence that shows a band at the peak of its powers.

More to come.

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