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Boxer (2007)

The National
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Indie rock, Post-punk revival

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Boxer is the fourth studio album by Brooklyn-based indie rock band The National. It was released on May 22, 2007 by Beggars Banquet Records, and has since sold over 300,000 copies worldwide. The album features a guest performance by Sufjan Stevens on "Ada" and "Racing Like a Pro" and backing vocals by Marla Hansen. Following its release, the album debuted at #68 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling about 9,500 copies in its first week. The song "Slow Show" contains lyrics from the band's song "29 Years," first found on their self-titled debut album. A film by Vincent Moon documenting the creation of the album, titled A Skin, a Night, was released along with a collection of B-sides and rarities titled The Virginia EP on May 20, 2008.
The album cover is a photo of the band performing "The Geese of Beverly Road" (from the band's third album Alligator) at producer Peter Katis' wedding.
The album has had pop-cultural reach, with lyrics from "Racing Like A Pro" having been excerpted in the novel Imperial Bedrooms by American author Bret Easton Ellis.
The National made their television debut on July 24, 2007, performing "Fake Empire" on the Late Show with David Letterman. The band later

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Tracks

3:39 Green Gloves
4:03 Ada
4:08 Slow Show
3:32 Apartment Story
3:16 Start a War
4:29 Gospel
3:30 Mistaken for Strangers
3:18 Guest Room
2:59 Squalor Victoria
3:25 Fake Empire
3:24 Racing Like a Pro
3:18 Brainy
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