Like most cool things in my life, I usually discover them long after the majority of my friends have as well. This had especially become a problem a few months ago when after I had graduated college and found myself stuck in my awful retail job at GameStop with little to no money. Luckly a few months and a new full-time job later, I could finally afford to catch up on music, games, and generally any other cool stuff I had missed while scrapping for minimum wage and endless job interviews. The first item on my albums list was The National’s Boxer. I had originally purchased High Violet sometime in the middle of this summer of poverty, but I never really listened to it much. At the time, it seems rather to melancholy for the season so it got pushed aside all the while knowing I would revisit this album later this Winter. Sure enough, the change of seasons helped me gain a whole new respect for this album and the band. Songs like “Conversation 16” and “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” stay in regular rotation on my MP3 player with their intricate layering of sound and emotions. Having finally appreciate High Violet, I set my sights on Boxer. Luckly I was not let down even in the slightest. From start to finish, this album grabbed me and didn’t let go. The highest praise I can give Boxer is that it is on a short list of albums I can put on anytime and listen to it from beginning to end. For now I can only look to the future and hope The National are writing new material soon. I know I will not let their next album go unnoticed.