The Airing Of Grievances - Titus Andronicus
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. It might have sucked the first time you went through [the year between high school and college], but here, it couldn't sound better. [Mar 2009, p.113]
  2. With thrash-and-burn riffs, shout-along rants, E Street Band-style blue-collar blues, and tin-can acoustics, these Jersey boys' debut album The Airing of Grievances burns all the way down from its big mouth to its black liver.
  3. 84
    It remains instrumentally raucous, emotionally battered, and unaplogetically fun. [Winter 2009, p.100]
  4. This is the kind of record you'll spend days rocking out to. You'll get lost walking around listening to it (I know I did), think about quitting your job to relive the days when a record like this was all that was allowed to matter.
  5. On a lyric sheet, Titus Andronicus may appear to espouse the sort of wrist-cutting histrionics emo's typically lambasted for, but the magic lies in the band's oddly enthusiastic grass roots delivery.
  6. Each play of Grievances is like that triumphant, sweaty bar show, right there in your room.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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. Full Review »