Local Business - Titus Andronicus
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  • Summary: Produced by Kevin McMahon, the third full-length album for the indie rock band focuses on singer-guitarist Patrick Stickles recent life experiences, including accidental electrocution and battling an eating disorder.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Oct 25, 2012
    90
    By removing much of their signature distant-sounding vocal filters, grand historical speeches, spacey drones, and tightly knit arrangements, Titus Andronicus has successfully eliminated any sonic barriers that once stood in between the band and their listeners.
  2. The only time the record comes across as flawed is the manner in which certain tracks happen to run into each other, however largely, this is easy to ignore when the rest of the record is so great. Local Business is certainly the business.
  3. Oct 22, 2012
    80
    Local Business feels as pressed with adrenaline through its run as the albums before it, but this final indictment of meaningless life is as vitally summative of the album as anything else, a stony acceptance of what's happened and a hundred justifications lacked.
  4. Nov 1, 2012
    80
    Local Business may be missing the epic historical bent that lent The Monitor extra credence in a crowded field of garage rock contenders, but in place of the brazen Civil War narrative is a more subtle meditation on being poor and ambitious in America.
  5. Oct 29, 2012
    76
    The group raging behind him on Local Business are minimalist punchers, cruiserweights mixing a little Thin Lizzy and Big Star pop-ulism in with the basement bile.
  6. Oct 24, 2012
    70
    You get the feeling their intent was to make a one-take road dog album. At that they've succeeded. But Local Business also marks the first time the band seems like it's holding something back-- like there is a Plan B.
  7. Nov 8, 2012
    40
    Local Business represents a new chapter in the band's saga, but it's one you're better off skimming.

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  1. Dec 29, 2012
    9
    Titus Andronicus are a fantastic punk band. They incorporate bluesy/garage/punk/indie so perfectly, especially with this record, LocalTitus Andronicus are a fantastic punk band. They incorporate bluesy/garage/punk/indie so perfectly, especially with this record, Local Business. This is their most tight-knit record yet. Patrick Stickles sings the truth on this album, especially on the track "My Eating Disorder", which is one of the best tracks on this album. All In All, Local Business caught me by surprise and I'm glad it did, it's Titus Andronicus' best record yet. A- Expand