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  • Original Release Date: 14 Sep 2009
  • Release Date: 14 Sep 2009
  • Label: The Boxer Rebellion
  • Copyright: 2009 The Boxer Rebellion
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  • Total Length: 45:14
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  • ASIN: B005F8T2YM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,326 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Robert A. Josey VINE VOICE on 25 Sep 2009
Format: Audio CD
They were playing a track from this in HMV when I was wandering around it recently. 'Evacuate'. On the strength of that - and the album cover - I went and bought it. And it was one of those gambles that pays off. I just knew from the immediacy of that one song that this band were going to be good.

And there is something so powerful and beautiful, lovelorn and wasted, throughout this album. Particularly the track 'Soviets', which is just one of the best songs I've heard for a long time. It is the essence of unrequited love.

It would be easy to try to define influences here. There are many. Joy Division for one. The drumming is Stephen Morris/'Closer'. But it has its own propulsion too.

At certain points I thought of U2 songs being played by the Cocteau Twins!! - or the other way around - and while that might sound fairly, (if not scarily), grotesque to some people, I mean it in terms of the ethereal sound of the guitars and the big arena 'landscape' of the song structures themselves. It is an exceptionally difficult balance to achieve and 'The Boxer Rebellion' have done it. And created a unique sonic voice of their own.

But, the main focus of 'Union' is the soul/grace/sadness within the music. It is music that touches deep. Like being in a hopeless love affair - but just being glad that it happened anyway.

This an album of a rare and poignant quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Gumble on 20 Feb 2009
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It's been almost four years since the release of The Boxer Rebellion's 'Exits', an outstanding debut that unfathomably evaded the attention of just about everyone, both critically and commercially. Since then, the band's hopes of gaining any kind of significant recognition have diminished even further, following their release from Alan McGee's record label Poptones. However, despite their chances of success taking such a blow, The Boxer Rebellion have returned with 'Union', a follow-up so good that we can only imagine the reception by which it would be met, given the kind of label backing it deserves. One factor that makes 'Union' such a commendable achievement, aside from the quality of the songs, is the fact that the band have only been able to release the album digitally and have received no publicity or press attention whatsoever.
Musically, `Union' shows a somewhat more melodic, subtle approach that wasn't always evident in its predecessor. Each song seems to improve with every listen; it is only after repeated playing that we can fully appreciate the album in its entirety, as many of these songs simply don't work as well individually, yet work particularly well as one.
Opening track `Flashing Red Light Means Go' is built around pounding repetitive drums combined with acoustic guitars. `Soviets' sees the band at their most accessible, opting for acoustic guitars, twinned beautifully with Nicholson's subtle vocal delivery. `Spitting Fire' continues in a similar vein, a potential single, centred on an infectious bass line. Just as 'Union' appears to be gaining momentum, `Misplaced' slows down proceedings. A low-tempo ballad with sparse instrumentation, it isn't so much a weak song as it is, ironically, misplaced within the track listing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD
All credit to these four young musicians.
Their history records a more than usually uphill struggle
to make a place for their music in the listening world.
That 'Union' has risen into daylight at all is a measure
of their determination, fortitude and persistence.

The Boxer Rebellion are : Nathan Nicholson/vocals, guitar
and keyboards; Todd Howe/lead guitar; Adam Harrison/bass and
Piers Hewitt/percussion. Together they make a splendid noise.

Their sound is dense and layered. Chiming chords, solid
blocks of ground shaking rhythm and Mr Nicholson's
passionately committed vocal delivery. Not a great voice
but a fine one and a more than worthy communicator of the
essence of these eleven memorable songs.

There is a marvelous energy running through 'Evacuate'.
(A certain Irish rock band comes to mind here and there
but this should not distract us in valuing what makes
it different). It is a rip-roaring anthem.

'Soviets' demonstrates the band's ability to manage both
light and shade. The delicately simple but beautiful melody
evolves into a richly glowing minor-key soundscape of
considerable harmonic complexity. Mr Hewitt's drums
deserve a special mention all their own. He is the glue
which holds it all together.

'Misplaced' is a bit of an epic. Once again from slow,
measured beginnings the piece grows gently in shape and
form until the incandescent chorus bursts out of its
warm and generous heart. Truly magnificent stuff!

'These Walls Are Thin' is a short and sweet minature lacking
none of the emotional clout of the rest of the album.
Knowing when to stop is a skill many other bands would do well
to learn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Morris Day on 28 Sep 2009
Format: Audio CD
I First got into Boxers in 2005, I'm not sure how I ended up listening to Exits, but I did, and I loved it and promptly went to see them at the ICA, support was by Redjetson (RIP :() and Pure Reason Revolution and it was an epically good gig.

Exits was a fantastic debut, bad luck, mis-management or just the ineptness of the British public to see past the Kaiser Chiefs albums meant it was completely missed and alongside illness of the lead singer Nathan Nicholson(which lead them to cancel a well documented tour support slot with The Killers) I for one thought TBR might not return with album two.

2008 there were signs of a return, myspace only singles (at that time) Broken Glass / JKKFC / Waiting hinted at things to come. Fast foward to January 2009 and itunes of all places out of nowhere picks Evacuate as single of the week and releases Union, the second Boxers album exclusively.

It kicks off with Flashing Red Light Means Go, a fantastic drum beat resounding throughout the track and is one of my favourites. Evacuate was a perfect choice for first single of the album, heavy guitars duelling throughout with another great drum beat behind. Another faster paced highlight is a reworking of an old song, These Walls Are Thin, a fast paced guitar number that highlights Nathan's fantastic vocal ability.

Union has more melodic tracks than its predecessor, this isn't a bad thing. Soviets is a beautiful acoustic song then accompanied with yet more drumming and another stand-out is the atmospherics during the enigmatic `The Gospel Of Goro Adachi' whilst final track the beautifully haunting Silent Movie closes the album with wonderful grace.
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