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The Monitor
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Titus Andronicus

The Monitor by Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
CRITIC SCORE
82
Based on 15 reviews
2010 Rank: #48 / 578
USER SCORE
85
Based on
35 ratings

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87
Pitchfork

Modern indie rock generally treats emotion as something that should be guarded or disguised. The Monitor does not subscribe to this viewpoint. On their second album, New Jersey's Titus Andronicus split the emotional atom with anthemic chants, rousing sing-alongs, celebrations of binge drinking, marathon song titles, broken-hearted duets, punked-up Irish jigs, and classic rock lyric-stealing. And through it all, they take subtlety out on the town, pour a fifth of whiskey down its throat, write insults on its face in permanent marker, and abandon it in the woods.

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.

User Reviews
SiberianBreaks
87
I'm always finding something interesting everytime I give this a listen. The theme of the lyrics are great and the instrumentation is amazing as well. Make sure to give this album more chances. I did not really like it at all on first listen.

Favourite tracks: A More Perfect Union, No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future, Theme From "Cheers", The Battle of Hampton Roads, Titus Andronicus Forever, A Pot in Which to Piss, Four Score and Seven

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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 23 - A.V. Club
# 5 - Consequence of Sound
# 36 - musicOMH
# 8 - No Ripcord
# 24 - One Thirty BPM
# 5 - Paste
# 10 - Pitchfork
# 8 - PopMatters
# 9 - Prefix
# 33 - Rhapsody SoundBoard
# 15 - Spin
# 12 - Spinner
# 34 - Stereogum
MISC LISTS
# 14 - AoTY 2010
# 137 - Pitchfork: The People's List
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
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