On Monday, the fourth album by The National, 2007’s Boxer, turns 10. For many National fans, Boxer is the band’s best record. But have we really given this question the proper amount of thought? After all, The National is the rare band with multiple records worthy of being called “best.” Even the forthcoming Sleep Well Beast, due in September, might eventually earn that distinction.
Before we jump the gun and making any major declarations here, let’s walk through The National’s discography and settle this once and for all.