The National
Boxer


1.5
very poor

Review

by Sam Feldman USER (7 Reviews)
April 5th, 2012 | 200 replies | 5,879 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Insipid.

10 of 39 thought this review was well written

Ever have a bad day? Of course you have. Me too. What do you do when you have a bad day or you're feeling down? Some people take drugs, some go for a walk, other just wallow in self-destructive pity. Whatever you decide to do, we all need help. I tend to listen to music to help me cope. I try to find bands or artists that I can relate to to make me feel better and not so alone. As you grow older, things become grayer, less magnificent, and it helps to have some sort of musical companion there to walk beside you. In this sense, in the sense that The National are just adults depressed about being adults, in the sense that their hopelessness is somehow a beacon of light for people going through the same thing, Boxer is a monumental, soul-sucking failure.

In the world of Boxer there is no light at the end of the tunnel. There's no escape from the mundane. It might seem like then that Boxer is a dark record, full of loss and depression and it is. Usually albums with this depressive nature are relatable and memorable because they help you cope with the depression. Instead, Boxer becomes completely defeating, an album that is depression instead of the sad friend who helps you get over it all. It's a straight line full of grey and emptiness, an album made by people who sound and play like they are so unbelievably uninspired that it's almost a shock to the system. I cough ash, I lose feeling in my nerves, color leaves my senses. Everything that Boxer does to me is not a relief or relation, it is only a reminder of how awful things are. Like taking a bunch of drugs that just never, ever kick in, Boxer sucks out life anywhere in its banal, jaded path. Insipid, insipid, insipid.



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    Tom Gellatly (5)
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    you know i dreamt about you for twenty nine years before I saw you....

  • Dr Hank Paulson (3.5)
    A torch held aloft in a dark, uncertain landscape, lighting a pathway for us all...

    Adam Thomas STAFF (5)
    Another uninnocent, elegant fall into the unmagnificent lives of adults...

    wjcynx1 (4)
    The National continue to impress with their fourth effort; Boxer might not be immediate, b...

    Andrew H. EMERITUS (4.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
chambered69
April 5th 2012



1253 Comments


im ready for war :]

Wolfhorde
April 5th 2012



11799 Comments


A bit predictable. This has the potential to get both a lot pos' and negs.

chambered69
April 5th 2012



1253 Comments


unbelievable how good high violet is and how amazingly shitty this is lol

NeutralThunder12
April 5th 2012



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

the review is horrid and there's no examples of anything, its just a subdued madbro type of rant
that doesn't attempt to back itself up

unfortunately seeing as how I know you actually feel this way about the album it would have been
more appropriate to actually try to defend your opinions with any type of example

"In this sense, in the sense that The National are just adults depressed about being adults, in the
sense that their hopelessness is somehow a beacon of light for people going through the same thing,
Boxer is a monumental, soul-sucking failure."

props for looking at it the wrong way too pos pos pos




Ire
April 5th 2012



41474 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dumb

wabbit
April 5th 2012



6759 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's not even a depressing album.

ILJ
April 5th 2012



6550 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is bold, and I like that you made a bold move. But you should back up your opinions a lot more if you want people to take this as anything more than a rant.

Well-written, but you should expand on your points. Use specific examples and such.

Digging: The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There

Ire
April 5th 2012



41474 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dumb[2]

cvlts
April 5th 2012



8917 Comments


loooooooool

Digging: As Cities Burn - Come Now Sleep

DarthMann
April 5th 2012



13467 Comments


fake empire is so good

and

'the review is horrid and there's no examples of anything, its just a subdued madbro type of rant
that doesn't attempt to back itself up

unfortunately seeing as how I know you actually feel this way about the album it would have been
more appropriate to actually try to defend your opinions with any type of example

"In this sense, in the sense that The National are just adults depressed about being adults, in the
sense that their hopelessness is somehow a beacon of light for people going through the same thing,
Boxer is a monumental, soul-sucking failure."

chaseee
April 5th 2012



219 Comments


Dumb review is dumb. You trollin dude.

DoubtGin
April 5th 2012



6687 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

whoa

Wolfhorde
April 5th 2012



11799 Comments


"dumb[2]"
Come on, Ramy. Some more times.

Eclecticist
April 5th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

To me, this review is a "monumental, soul-sucking failure". Which is sad because I was actually looking forward to some good criticism on an album that I personally love.

DarthMann
April 5th 2012



13467 Comments


dumb[3]

















sup butcheredchildren

Funeralopolis
April 5th 2012



10516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is how I feel about the album Hospice

Digging: RZA - Afro Samurai Soundtrack

SeaAnemone
April 5th 2012



18871 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I like you chambered but you're a piece of shit

Funeralopolis
April 5th 2012



10516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

unbelievable how good high violet is and how amazingly shitty this is lol [3]

SeaAnemone
April 5th 2012



18871 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

; )

Eclecticist
April 5th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"sup butcheredchildren"

hey man, sup?



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