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2016

- The Monitor

Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
CRITIC SCORE
81
Based on 21 reviews
2010 Rank: #57 / 826
USER SCORE
84
Based on
89 ratings

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87
Pitchfork

It all turns out so ridiculously fun-- with Ken Burns-style readings of speeches from Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, daguerreotype cover art, and song titles all participating in the reenactment-- that it never even begins to approach the pretentiousness these elements might suggest.

60
PopMatters

If I initially had any trouble figuring out exactly what to make of The Airing of Grievances, the 2008 debut by New Jersey blogosphere faves Titus Andronicus, it was only because the experience of listening to the record was so purely and deliriously pleasurable that it led me to distrust my own opinion of it a little. Arriving via a wave of hype in the digital sphere nearly a full year before getting a physical release in early 2009 (a potent example of underdog ambition having finally outpaced the creaky machinations of an increasingly lumbering industry), the album was most confusing for the number of contradictions it seemed to embrace. A band so exhibitionist in their literary tendencies to name themselves after Shakespeare’s earliest and bloodiest tragedy should not, for example, drop a Seinfeld reference as the title of their first album. Likewise, a band that bravely flaunts their pretentions with song titles like “Albert Camus” or “Upon Viewing Brueghel’s ‘Landscape With the Fall of Icarus’” should probably not populate said titles with the kind of angst-y, adolescent lyrical diatribes that lead yelper Patrick Stickles filled the album with, like the frantically scrawled journal pages of a moody high school kid who spends a little too much time alone in his bedroom.

EMR
81
This album illustrates Titus Andronicus' proposal really well, showing all the sides of the band, from their highly ambitious conceptual ideas to the glorious, triumphant sonority that Stickles and co. usually bring to the table. The Monitor will probably stand as their definite, essential work, as the band manages to incorporate any rock element they desire to this magnanimous piece of punk manifesto. The tribute to the American Civil War actually sounds relevant and touching, in oposite to ... read more
Tom Simmons
70
Fav Tracks: A Pot In Which To Piss, A More Perfect Union, To Old Friends and New

Least Fav Track: … And Ever
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Track List
  1. A More Perfect Union
  2. Titus Andronicus Forever
  3. No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future
  4. Richard II
  5. A Pot in Which to Piss
  6. Four Score and Seven
  7. Theme From "Cheers"
  8. To Old Friends and New
  9. ...And Ever
  10. The Battle of Hampton Roads