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The National Shows Orchestral Ambitions in 'Boxer'

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The National Shows Orchestral Ambitions in 'Boxer'

The National Shows Orchestral Ambitions in 'Boxer'

The National Shows Orchestral Ambitions in 'Boxer'

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Earlier this year, the five-piece band known as The National toured as the opening act for The Arcade Fire, a Montreal band with a thundering orchestral sound.

The National has orchestral ambitions of its own; its fifth album Boxer uses lush strings, clunky old pianos and assorted brass instruments to create odd, image-rich nighttime music.