Local Business - Titus Andronicus
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic 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. Oct 23, 2012
    90
    This collection is the band's tightest and most cohesive, and they do so without losing any of the grit.
  3. Oct 22, 2012
    88
    Patrick Stickles finally overworks his music to match his trying-too-hard fables.
  4. 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.
  5. Oct 23, 2012
    83
    Three guitars, a sense of humor in the face of despair, and an unwavering commitment to the underrated art of the rock 'n' roll sing-along are what define Local Business.
  6. Jan 4, 2013
    80
    An impressive mix of high and low art, Local Business is at once outsider, mainstream, universal and massive. [No. 94, p.61]
  7. 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.
  8. Oct 30, 2012
    80
    cal Business is an afternoon barfly telling his problems to anyone willing to listen and stump up for a drink, and fortunately for listeners, this drunk has a lyric book that they'll want to spend some time with.
  9. Oct 25, 2012
    80
    There's nothing terribly innovative going on here, but their unguarded passion is irresistible.
  10. Oct 24, 2012
    80
    By giving their songs more directness, Local Business succeeds in what the band set out to do: present Titus Andronicus as a charged, dynamic live band.
  11. Oct 23, 2012
    80
    Whether you are listening to the album for its monetary-political messages or just hoping to enjoy the band's indie-punk sound, Local Business will sate both sides.
  12. Oct 23, 2012
    80
    Their third disc is a hilarious gut-wrenching mess that relocates the Replacements and Thin Lizzy at their most bracing and bighearted to the suburban skate-park diaspora – all centered around Patrick Stickles' glass-half-smashed existentialism.
  13. Oct 22, 2012
    80
    The magnificence here comes when a gang of Jersey punks try something big, while acknowledging how small they are.
  14. 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.
  15. 80
    Titus have given us an album that no one should want to miss when it does come to town.
  16. Oct 30, 2012
    78
    There are no horns, skits, or muskets on Local Business, a flagrant, fists-first rock & roll jaunt.
  17. 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.
  18. Oct 29, 2012
    70
    Some will find it a disappointing follow-up to one of the great rock records of the past few years. Some will jump around and pump their fists to every chorus without giving the lyrics much thought; some will live and die by every word. Some will even find it all kind of funny. Nobody is necessarily wrong.
  19. Oct 25, 2012
    70
    Overall, Local Business isn't a bad album. In fact, it's a pretty good album. It just seems, well, minor compared to Titus Andronicus' previous efforts.
  20. 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.
  21. Oct 22, 2012
    70
    Stickles seems more into channeling his inner Mick Jones, making Local Business sound weirdly like lost sessions from Give 'Em Enough Rope. [Nov 2012, p.94]
  22. Oct 22, 2012
    70
    Local Business is an uneven record in comparison to the two that preceded it, owing to a slight loss of momentum in its back third, but the material that shines does so with an effulgent intensity that's become par for the course with this group.
  23. Oct 22, 2012
    60
    [Local Business] is full of tracks that might seem less silly were they more hot-blooded and more akin to the raging storms kicked up on The Monitor and The Airing of Grievances.
  24. Oct 22, 2012
    60
    Local Business has lots of fascinating things to say about control but sometimes it gets lost in its own unruly order.
  25. 60
    Some of his best observations get lost in the full-throttle approach of songs like "Ecce Homo" and "Still Life With A Hot Deuce And Silver Platter." It isn't until the album's second half that pace slows, some open spaces appear in the music, and Stickles' rants come into clearer focus.
  26. Local Business isn't a bad album, but it doesn't completely pull itself off either.
  27. Nov 8, 2012
    40
    Local Business represents a new chapter in the band's saga, but it's one you're better off skimming.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 29, 2012
    9
    Titus 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- Full Review »