Album Review: The Boxer Rebellion - The Cold Still (Absentee)
Yet to see persistence pay off and lacking in emotive charm
When [a]The Boxer Rebellion[/a] sleep, they probably dream of the kind of slow-burn breakthrough [a]The National[/a] had with [b]‘High Violet’[/b]. They have the relentless persistence needed to stick to the wall long enough (this is their third self-released album), but despite their striving for the grandiose (Kings producer Ethan Johns provides the country-ish bluster) and breaks (a spot in rom-com Going The Distance for last album [b]‘Union’[/b]), there’s still that dark sparkle missing.
The [a]Arcade Fire[/a]-fuelled chug of [b]‘Organ Song’[/b] and the [a]Fleet Foxes[/a]-y [b]‘Locked In The Basement’[/b] are cosy enough, but despite their constant straining for emotiveness the tone is more dreary than teary.