Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2010 Ratings: #53 / 854
Year End Rank: #19
User Score
Based on 129 ratings
2010 Ratings: #10
March 9, 2010 / Release Date
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XL / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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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.

This has hands down got to be one of the best rock records of the decade.
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Didn't expect to like this as much as I did, which is one of my favourite feelings when listening to music.

This is actually very important.

I hope other people can feel the same way about it.
This album hits all the marks for me and finishes with one of the most powerful punk songs I've ever heard.
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
The Monitor is a fast and hard hitting punk record which for as brutal as it is can show a side of vulnerability and be poetic. It's a record that whilst it may drag on for quite a bit it is still an absolute thrill ride to hear.

Best Track: To Old Friends and New
Worst Track: No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future
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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
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