The Monitor - Titus Andronicus
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  • Summary: The first full-length album on XL Recordings for the rock band from New Jersey was named after a warship that fought during the American Civil War.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Titus Andronicus have created an album that will grip the listener, carry them along on a tide of spit and blood and youthful aggression, and leave them dazed and exhausted at the end, with no other option but to start the record all over again.
  2. Some of the riffs are quite incredible ('A More Perfect Union'), and the general effect of the whole album is that the listener will want to weep and dance simultaneously. Simply brilliant.
  3. Catharsis is Stickles' fuel, and The Monitor is a 65-minute endorsement of angst and opposition as the best way to present that combustible sorrow.
  4. Even naysayers can't overlook their second album's intelligence, uniqueness and ambition.
  5. 80
    With five songs clocking in at more than seven minutes, often thanks to detours down E Street, it's a big-idea album that feels small and personable, even as it's kicking you in the shin.
  6. There's a bloodymindedness on The Monitor that is equally infuriating and invigorating.
  7. The execution here might have seemed a bit more authentic had they been going for a pure concept album with a Civil War theme; unfortunately, hearing Stickles locked in bloodied-but-unbowed mode throughout the record doesn't add any greater emotional depth to the intertwining themes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. MikeB
    Mar 13, 2010
    Beautiful, haunting and invigorating.
  2. JoeC.
    Mar 13, 2010
    Hard driving yet the music is tuneful and catchy, and the lyrics
  3. Rob
    Apr 1, 2010
    Messy, confused, angry, brilliant.
  4. EricN
    Mar 15, 2010
    Absolutely stellar. It's hard to imagine a more raucous, fun, epic album will be released in 2010. A total pleasure from start to finish.
  5. Dec 26, 2012
    Pop Matters said this wasn't a home run, clearly they're unfamiliar with baseball because this album is a grand slam. This album knocks it right out of the **** park into the mesosphere, everything you could want is here from solid lyrics to an epic bag pipe solo. Expand
  6. Oct 21, 2010
    The clear-cut pick for album of the year; this manages to outdo its absolutely stellar debut album in every way, and kicks your face in for a solid 65 minutes. Patrick Stickles is a songwriter and lyricist on par with the best of them, and there is not a weak track on here. Pure Brilliance. Expand
  7. Jan 2, 2013
    Titus Andronicus come back with something big and ambitious to say with this sophomore album. The Monitor is a sprawling record about youth and angst, and something to do partially with the civil war. From the lyrics to the loud guitar to the production, this is a great record. All In All, The Monitor is an album that needs to be played as loud as you'd like, as long as it's really loud. B+ Expand

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