The National - High Violet
I think it's their best/most accessible album.
The National - Boxer is their masterpiece.
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You guys really think Boxer is the album Spence should start with? It's one thing if you think it's their "masterpiece," but their most accessible? Hardly.
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I keep Boxer on my MP3 player pretty much purely for Mistaken For Strangers. I think High Violet is far more accessible and has a far wider range, especially for somebody just getting into them.
I'm gonna thrown in a vote for Alligator. It's where I started. And it's my favorite. Took me a few listens to care about High Violet, fwiw.
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I don't know if it's because I had already gotten through the slow, arduous process of getting acquainted with Boxer and was therefore more in tune with their sound, but High Violet was about 200x more accessible for me the first couple of spins around.
I think it might be something like that. I liked Alligator on initial listens, saw them live after it came out, and then Boxer was the one that sold me. That said, High Violet is the easiest place for someone to start if they're getting into the National for the first time.
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All kind of smudges into one for me.
Boxer and High Violet it is then
they have 2 albums. just pick one.
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