The National


№ 56
August 2017

No one talks enough about what a perfect title Boxer is for this album: a sport where you spar one opponent, the mirror of your own actions. A sport where half the battle is fighting yourself, and demands that you scrupulously analyze every move. A sport trading on the hope that you will always stay vigilant against failure, that no one will ever land the blow that knocks you into an elegant fall back into an unmagnificent life.

What’s included in this VMP Exclusive:

  • 10th Anniversary Reissue
  • Special Edition Grey Vinyl
  • Bonus 7” w/ tracks from Sleep Well Beast
  • 12x12 Art Print by Philip Johnson

Learn more about ‘Boxer’

“Boxer is an album about proximity: to happiness, to success, to good relationships, to lives that live up to the lives we imagined for ourselves. It’s all inseparable from the band’s own slow ascendance to fame, and the pressure they applied to themselves in bringing Boxer to life.”

Susannah Young

Read our Liner Notes here.

The National

Why We Chose Boxer As Record Of The Month

Listen to our roundtable podcast discussing how and why we chose Boxer.

When The National Soundtracked Obama’s Campagin

How “Fake Empire” became an unlikely campaign song. Read more here.

We Saw The National’s Comeback Show This Weekend

We went up to Hudson, New York, to see the National play songs from their new album. Read more here.

The National And The Transcendence Of “Dad Rock”

The National get written off as “dad rock” but their lyrics give a darker vision of adulthood.Read more here.

Float Away With The National