Thursday, August 09, 2007

The National - Boxer

Something of this magnitude is beyond comprehension. With fragile compositions that are both epic and intimate, "Boxer" is a dive into the inner mind of a song-writing genius, someone that seems to have seen the light (and also the lack of it) and wants to share his experiences with us, lucky listeners, exposing things that are deep-buried inside him. The intensity felt in "Boxer" is one that seems to be involving us while controlling itself, always on the edge of exploding into a cathartic peak but restraining in the last minute. The fact that this explosion never happens externally / physically and instead is only felt in the inside / our mind, but in a very visceral way, just goes to show how special what we've just heard is. (9/10)

The National - Mistaken For Strangers (video)

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