The Most Lamentable Tragedy
Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2015 Rank: #47 / 741
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Based on 172 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Consequence of Sound
This is music that wants to be read as a text, and deserves to be. The fact that it comes to us in an era of smartphones and shortening attention spans only serves to underscore its audacity.
100
Tiny Mix Tapes

The Most Lamentable Tragedy is the first alchemical punk rock opera. It is one angle of the story of humanity’s trying to know and live with itself, a portrait of mental illness reborn as a fable, a fantasy of just learning to live.

91
Paste
There are Hüsker Dü hardcore punk blasts, Thin Lizzy dueling guitars, Elvis Costello wordplays-and-whimsies, Bruce Springsteen hopeful grandiosities—and Titus Andronicus is capable of making all of them sound like they came up with all this stuff first.
91
Pretty Much Amazing

No, TMLT is not as precise as The Monitor, nor as pleasurable. It does, however, surpass it in imagination and aim. This alone cements The Most Lamentable Tragedy as one of this year’s greatest rock records.

90
The 405
Calling this an album falls short of the mark. It's a musical representation of a story, sure, but it's also an exploration of psycho-therapy, city living, Hamlet, Mother Nature, and the state of rock and roll at large.
90
Exclaim!
An album with no filler is pretty rare in an era where a four-song EP usually has a throwaway track. That a monster like this is actually economical — all muscle, no fat — is like finding a unicorn.
90
Sputnikmusic

The Most Lamentable Tragedy takes all of the band’s pent up rage and just lets it fly. It’s Titus Andronicus at their most liberated, and it bursts forth with a kind of energy that could have only emanated from a band that has accomplished everything that it wants to, and resultantly no longer gives a fuck.

90
Drowned in Sound
For Patrick Stickles, his most inventive method of dealing with demons has manifested in the form of a 29-song, 93-minute rock opera concerning, life, love, the pursuit of happiness and - but of course - the harsh inevitability of death.
90
The Line of Best Fit

Of course The Most Lamentable Tragedy is ridiculous. It's also dumb, intelligent, heartbreaking and life-affirming.

90
Uncut

The Most Lamentable Tragedy feels like a quintessentially modern album, a scintillating examination of mania and neurosis that uses the history of rock’n’roll as mere stage dressing for its bravura performance.

83
A.V. Club
You can hear, see, feel Titus Andronicus trying their damnedest, and when the band’s talented musicians aren’t interrupted for the sake of concept, that enthusiasm and the resulting excellent songs pass infectiously to the listener.
81
Pitchfork

The Most Lamentable Tragedy is their least specific album—no granular references to obscure Jersey baseball teams—but their most universal, less dependent on empathizing with the suburban sad sack.

80
The Skinny
What could have easily been an exercise in pretension is instead filtered through the appealing mediums of heartland rock and Jersey basement punk.
80
Under The Radar

The Most Lamentable Tragedy is never less than interesting and rarely less than thrilling. If this turns out to be Titus Andronicus' final album, as Stickles has hinted, it's a great way to go out in a blaze of glory.

80
Spin

Where The Monitor was a punk rock Born to Run for a different generation, full of sprawling “Jungleland” revamps, The Most Lamentable Tragedy is an epic of different means. It’s comprised of the punchiest, most direct songs this band has yet unleashed.

80
AllMusic
The whole of this album is truly more than the sum of the parts, and the parts are quite strong in and of themselves.
80
No Ripcord

The Most Lamentable Tragedy presents an abstracted story as its emotional core, and it’s significantly harder to respond to that more distant lyrical perspective. Taken on its own, however, the album is one of the more compassionate, prideful and ultimately moving depictions of mental illness on record in recent years.

80
Clash
Sad, contemplative and euphoric in equal measure, 'The Most Lamentable Tragedy' is a true triumph.
80
Alternative Press

The album demands a lot from our short-attention-span culture, but it’s not time you’ll feel like you’ve wasted.

80
Loud and Quiet

‘The Most Lamentable Tragedy’ is a vaguely magical realist concept album. It’s conceptually rich but Patrick Stickles writes lyrics that can seem superficially blunt and uncomfortably self-pitying.

80
NOW Magazine

At 93 minutes, Titus Andronicus's latest may scare off those who believe punk rock should be compartmentalized into accessible pieces. There's not much that's accessible about The Most Lamentable Tragedy, but that's a good thing.

70
NME
A few indulgences like an ‘Auld Lang Syne’ singalong are the main gripes to dampen an otherwise monumental presence.
70
Rolling Stone
New Jersey rock & roll believers Titus Andronicus get top mileage from a simple idea: baiting hardcore thrust with classic-rock hooks.
70
PopMatters

A massive, sprawling mess of styles and genres, all rooted in Stickles’ wordy lyrical catharsis, Tragedy reflects the wild mood swings associated with those suffering from bipolar disorder; raging one moment, euphoric the next before settling into a seemingly bottomless depression.

60
The Guardian

You don’t have to have a particularly short attention span to find its sheer length wearying. While everything clearly has its place in Stickles’ scheme of things, a more detached observer could happily lose at least half an hour of music from The Most Lamentable Tragedy.

40
DIY
Ambition doesn’t always equal perfection. Rock operas have their place, but this isn’t the pick of the bunch.
40
The Needle Drop
New Jersey's Titus Andronicus are back with a 90-minute concept album.
Aug 15, 2015
SiberianBreaks
53
Titus Andronicus are back with one of the most ambitious projects of the year. This album revolves around depression and contains five acts which makes this feel like some theatre performance. It's a cool concept, but I feel that the silent intermissions were pretty silly and just completely useless. As a whole, this turned out to be way too ambitious for its own good. This album is littered with filler-worthy tracks that make this feel way longer than it really is. I'm already exhausted of ... read more
Oct 28, 2015
osterello
79
A modern rock opera. God save New Jersey!
May 1, 2017
pouls
NR
The Most Lamentable Tragedy is for sure an interesting concept album about mental illness, and it is an ambitious album for the band, and perhaps their most grand and ambitious album yet; however, this album sounds exhausting and quite unmemorable at the end. I have a similar issue with The Monitor, but that album did not have as much filler tracks as this one. This one has a myriad of tracks that could either be extended or made into just one track. And there are some moments that, even in ... read more
Feb 7, 2017
BuffaloStaple
59
cool concept and stuff, but fr fuck this dude's voice
Jun 15, 2016
90
Titus Andronicus takes anarcho punk and makes something of a quirky rock opera. I can't say anything of this magnitude this side of American Idiot has been tackled, and Titus makes something very special and endearing.

Favorite tracks: Dimed Out, Fatal Flaw, More Perfect Union
Track List
  1. The Angry Hour
  2. No Future Part IV : No Future Triumphant
  3. Stranded ( On My Own )
  4. Lonely Boy
  5. I Lost My Mind ( [email protected] )
  6. Look Alive
  7. The Magic Morning
  8. Lookalike
  9. I Lost My Mind ( DJ )
  10. Mr. E. Mann
  11. Fired Up
  12. Dimed Out
  13. More Perfect Union
  14. [ intermission ] (Silent Track - No Audio)
  15. Sun Salutation
  16. (S)HE SAID / (S)HE SAID
  17. Funny Feeling
  18. Fatal Flaw
  19. Please
  20. Come On, Siobhán
  21. A Pair of Brown Eyes
  22. Auld Lang Syne
  23. I’m Going Insane ( Finish Him )
  24. The Fall
  25. Into The Void ( Filler )
  26. No Future Part V : In Endless Dreaming
  27. [ seven seconds ] (Silent Track - No Audio)
  28. Stable Boy
  29. A Moral


Added on: April 30, 2015