Titus Andronicus - An Obelisk
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2019 Ratings: #579 / 757
User Score
Based on 47 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1201
June 21, 2019 / Release Date
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The Line of Best Fit

In a glorious display of substance over style the group thrash out their own love letter to rock and roll, butchering twelve bars and hustling through bluesy stompers.

Consequence of Sound

Titus Andronicus didn’t need to further prove themselves with this album, but they did anyway.


An Obelisk manages to capture Titus Andronicus in a disarming, unsuspecting mood: one of equal parts maturity, volume, and simplicity.


It's an in-your-face, no-frills rock record that contrasts with the slower tracks of A Productive Cough, reminding fans that no matter what happens, this band can still rock.


Where Titus Andronicus once made great statements out of bloat, on their sixth album they do it with refreshing brevity.

The Skinny

An Obelisk is by no means a bad record. Each of its songs are solid if not spectacular, and Stickles’ lyrics are always interesting, but as an album it is let down by a lack of variety.


If you’re partial to a bit of blue-collar punk, this is likely to be right up your street.

Slant Magazine

With so many flat, unoriginal riffs and unmemorable choruses, there’s just not enough meat here to reward that approach, and despite its unrelenting volume, An Obelisk just feels empty without the wide-ranging dynamics and ambitious arrangements that have, until now, defined Titus Andronicus’s music.

Loud and Quiet

Apparently, “‘An Obelisk’ is built for the stage”; based on the studio version, you have to hope, for their sake, that Titus Andronicus are still good live.

Honestly, as much as Titus Andronicus gets mentioned amongst people, such as the Pitchfork crowd for albums, like 2010's The Monitor, or that one album that's almost 30 tracks long, I haven't felt compelled to check out one of their albums. I don't know why, it's probably because the name "Titus Andronicus" just comes off as lame, but even if it was that, that isn't a good enough excuse to avoid them. So, here they release a new album, their shortest one in fact. I really had no ... read more
Andrew Jackson plz hit me with your cane
The sixth album from New Jersey rockers Titus Andronicus yielded their most immediate, straightforward work to date. Clocking at a brisk 38 minutes, they present the sound of a band at its most enduring, just like the structure as the record's titular monument. A record that plays almost the companion piece to last year’s A Productive Cough, as it orchestrates the more immediate, straightforward punk rock sound they were always known for and such gives this evident immediacy on the ... read more
Damn guys, I guess people really jumped off the Titus wagon. I almost did after last year's miserable A Productive Cough. It is most definitely an acquired taste. This is their most straightforward and easy to jump into album to date. I think this is what they were hoping Local Business to be when they set out to make it. It starts out with maybe the most notable three song run in their discography. Unfortunately, followed up with the most out of place tune here, My Body and Me. Patrick's words ... read more
I didn’t know whether I could face another disappointing Titus Andronicus record after the last total omnishambles, but here we go again. I’ve managed to stomach up the courage over two months after its release to sit through another 39 minutes of hopefully not hopeless, ferociously raw punk rock.

How is it?

Well, in the infamous words of Shania Twain, that don’t impress me much.

Coming out just a little over a year after the harrowing ‘A Productive Cough’, it ... read more
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Track List

  1. Just Like Ringing a Bell
  2. Troubleman Unlimited
  3. (I Blame) Society
  4. My Body and Me
  5. Hey Ma
  6. Beneath the Boot
  7. On the Street
  8. Within the Gravitron
  9. The Lion Inside
  10. Tumult Around the World
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Added on: April 2, 2019