Editors’ Notes The National’s steady, majestic indie rock never seemed as exquisitely clear as it did on Boxer, an album about young adults with good jobs who made the right decisions but still can’t seem to be happy. While Matt Berninger’s delivery can be moody and his lyrics dense (“Another uninnocent, elegant fall/Into the unmagnificent lives of adults,” goes a snippet of “Mistaken for Strangers”), the anthemic sweep of the music is powerfully direct.

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Fake Empire
1
3:27
 
Mistaken for Strangers
2
3:32
 
Brainy
3
3:20
 
Squalor Victoria
4
3:01
 
Green Gloves
5
3:41
 
Slow Show
6
4:10
 
Apartment Story
7
3:34
 
Start a War
8
3:18
 
Guest Room
9
3:20
 
Racing Like a Pro
10
3:26
 
Ada
11
4:05
 
Gospel
12
4:31
 
Blank Slate
13
3:19
 
Santa Clara
14
4:06