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Fucking hell, not listened to this for ages (or seen one of these threads).
but wasn't it just called 'Boxer'?
but i added the definite article for impact.
Another band/album that DiS got me listening to, one of many I might add!
Fuck everything, Hazy Shade Of Winter is still the best and most hardcore thing they ever recorded. I feel like jumping around and moshing (slightly) when that song comes on.
I thought this was going to be a Simon & Garfunkel thread, too... but now that it's National, fuck yes Boxer!
I had dreams about it 39 years before I heard it. <3
Should put DiS under the links section of they're website. If they have one. IDK. I just come here, last.fm, P4K, etc.
I really wish you could edit posts on here. I guess too many people change their opinions too quickly or go back and try to sound cooler.
But DiS wouldn't be anywhere near as interesting, amusing or fun to be involved in if people could go back and sterilise their more controversial opinions.
Don't know why I'd not listened sooner, it's incredible!
I think Slow Show is my favourite so far...
Must say, it sounds better to my ears than Alligator - which takes some doin', like.
I find that every time I spend a month or more away from Boxer and then re-listen, I always think: "Woah, NOW it's clicked."
The result being that, despite being surely very familliar with it by now, it just rises and rises in my estimation. Really brilliant and cohesive from start to finish.
Anyone know the relevance of the title? And Alligator for that matter?
But I've always thought of them as really appropriately titled records: Alligator for its alternation between sombre placidness and outright aggression; Boxer because it takes a more calculated and considered approach, or pulls its punches to use an unforgivable pun.
The liner notes of Boxer also quotes a lyric from their song 'Tall Saint' (on the Virginia EP but from the Boxer recording sessions I think), which sort of refers to boxing: "stay down champion, stay down / let them all have your neck".
referring to a hard-won wisdom; almost like the comeback story of an underdog which is how the album sounds to me really.
Also, more literally, the drums are FUCKING punchy.
The Boxer by S&G pisses over anything the National have come up with...
I can only thank DiS for putting me on to The National. I've been listening to that album almost every day since I heard it.