It always shocks me to think that The National’s superb 2005 Alligator went almost entirely unnoticed by critics. It’s not as though fans didn’t flock to it; many rightfully hailed it as one of the best albums of ’05. Luckily, it doesn’t look like their upcoming album, The Boxer, will suffer the same critical fate. With critics and fans already latching on to it, i t would be a pretty tough album to ignore. So, it’s my pleasure to present to you two tracks from The Boxer; ‘Start A War’ and ‘Ada’. While these tracks aren’t directly from the album, they should give us an idea of what they should sound like. At this point, I love The National far too much to offer any criticism. Enjoy.