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  • Summary: The debut full-length album from the New Jersey punk-rock sextet.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. The Airing Of Grievances is not about anything so much as it is for everything--the beauty of life, the tragedy of life wasted, the looming of death and the desire to go out having lived fully--no, it is not about those things at all, it is for those things, it is a collection of songs written as odes to the gritty and the beautiful and the mixing of the two: our world, our sick world.
  2. With its brash and boiling-over debut, Titus Andronicus has done its small part to draw indie-rock out of the genre's recent navel-obsessed slump.
  3. the majority of the album is exactly what indie rock has been lacking for over a decade, and this is too crucial a release to get caught up in nitpicking.
  4. 80
    The Airing Of Grievances is one of the smartest, most joyous records in an age, channelling the spirit of other too-clever-by-half suburban punks from The Replacements to Nirvana and adding a dash of felllow New Jerseyite Bruce Springsteen's eye for detail. [MAr 2009, p.87]
  5. This sense of being aware of our own impending death leading to a heightened sense of life sums up perfectly The Airing of Grievances, an album that bemoans the past, shrugs it's shoulders and raises a glass to the future.
  6. There's emo in the tortured lyrics and E Street Band in the arrangements, both appropriate for a Jersey crew. And the sizzling, storage-locker production makes it all sound like a cage match.
  7. In total--and there is absolutely no other way to absorb this album; if it lets up it will lose itself--the sentiment is hostile, championing a mismatched, bitchy pile of allusions to alienation, dissatisfaction, and indifference that begs for attention and respect but is too passive to amount to anything but a wan wash.

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  1. Aug 26, 2012
    8
    Titus Andronicus aren't your typical rock band, no. They're much more than that. Patrick Stickles screams of youth and angst and how lifeTitus Andronicus aren't your typical rock band, no. They're much more than that. Patrick Stickles screams of youth and angst and how life sucks but completely makes it sound like he's having a blast. All In All, Titus Andronicus are a great rock band amongst a swarm of awful rock bands nowadays. Expand