Posted April 19, 2007on:
Boxer by The National will be the one of the best albums you’ll hear this year, from one of the most talented and gratifyingly consistent bands around. Officially released on May 22nd.
**The National – Slipping Husband (mp3) (via SYIP)
The lead singer’s song writing chops are palpable. Forget the self-consciously “literary” razzmatazz of The Decemberists with its earnestly exhibited English B A credentials (omg, look, I totally read Tennyson, how awesome).
And that voice! And the arrangements! They’ll be performing at the Opera House in Toronto on June 5th 2007.
Incidentally no. 2: I love the new Bloc Party album. Maybe it’s because, through the E.P.s, free downloads, B-sides and live performances (I’ve seen them on both sides of the Atlantic) I heard most of what became Silent Alarm at least a year before its release so it’s been properly digested. (I’m not sure what all that uhh “defining band/album/gods of this generation” pre-release promotion was about though, and am glad I became aware of it after I listened to the album. Because, wtf? Whose idea was that?)
*From their self-titled album The National
** From Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers