The National
Boxer


3.5
great

Review

by Dr Hank Paulson USER (6 Reviews)
June 28th, 2010 | 40 replies | 6,018 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A torch held aloft in a dark, uncertain landscape, lighting a pathway for us all

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Every morning, I stare into my bathroom mirror and perform the symbolic act of self-castration known as shaving. In a scene reminiscent of the destruction of a piece of Amazonian rainforest, I slowly and deliberately press the blade against my flesh, cutting a path through thick, obstinate stubble until there is nothing left but vulnerable, naked skin. My emasculation is now complete.

In most cultures, the beard is recognized as a symbol of manhood and virility. This can be dated back to biblical times, when slaves were often compelled to shave half of their beards in an act of subservience to their masters. Shorn of their masculinity, they became objects of derision. It is, quite frankly, the greatest metaphor for America’s current generation of aimless, neutered twenty-something’s ever to be conceived. The days of teenage liberty now in the past, we in effect surrender ourselves to a future of “no beards” workplace policies, poorly paid jobs and lonely weekends spent surfing the internet for amputee porn, surrounded by tissues and inexpensive hand lotion. The National’s Boxer is a document of these dark days, set to words and music. In these twelve impeccably crafted songs, The National express a sense of discontent and uncertainty that the rest of us are either unable or unwilling to convey, turning previously intangible emotions into the collective sound of vocals, guitars, bass and drums. As the wonderfully warm and evocative “Gospel” draws to a close, the listener is left feeling comforted and reassured that things aren’t quite as bad as they appear to be, and for a while, all is right with the world.

Brooding and intense, Boxer’s heady mix of nostalgia, despondency and optimism stands as a remarkable testament to the ability of music to provoke strong emotions in an already highly emotional person. It is the musical equivalent of a torch held aloft in a dark, uncertain landscape, lighting a pathway for us all. The emasculated hordes have finally found their voice. 3.5/5



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theacademy
June 28th 2010



28239 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

first

Helvete
June 28th 2010



1354 Comments


round 5

theacademy
June 28th 2010



28239 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

In most cultures, the beard is recognized as a symbol of manhood and virility. [2]

Apollo
June 28th 2010



10266 Comments


good review, kinda weird but good nontheless

BigHans
June 28th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I have a beard. It is no coincidence.

DiceMan
June 28th 2010



7068 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I have achieved a heightened mental state upon reading this review.

Enotron
June 28th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

simply beautiful

VonManHead
June 28th 2010



179 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Really interesting review. But based on the review, sounds like it should be at least a 4.

Enotron
June 28th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

first paragraph is gold

Maniac!
June 28th 2010



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes he is MJ.

Btw, tell me what I am missing about this album. I don't get the hooplah

BigHans
June 28th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Brandon gtfo with that rating.

Maniac!
June 28th 2010



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll listen again, but it was kinda boring the first time. Maybe it's a grower?

Enotron
June 28th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Maniac! read high fidelity or some shit like that

BigHans
June 28th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yeah its a grower.

Maniac!
June 28th 2010



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

His voice gets annoying to me. If he has a range, he doesn't show it much.

Inveigh
June 28th 2010



24798 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

rules as usual.


god damnit is this someone's alt. if so, i would like to congratulate you.

Enotron
June 28th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

his voice is sex, get real

Maniac!
June 28th 2010



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

meh, oh well. I don't get it haha.

Ire
June 28th 2010



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm not a big fan but I love the singers voice.

Enotron
June 28th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

were you not aware that he makes the most masculine of men cry on Slow Show?



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