The Monitor

  • Record Label: XL
  • Release Date: Mar 9, 2010
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 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.
  2. At times the running-on-fumes punk benefits The Monitor's overall sound. But the problem is that the songs that surround the defined centerpieces sound undeveloped or just plain fall flat, particularly early on when we hear about a supposed hero covered in excrement and piss as a dramatic plot-point.
  3. Neither a home run, then, nor the dreaded sophomore slump, The Monitor is, it is probably more fair to say, the album that finds the band maturing beyond the precocious triumph of their debut by first having to pass through their awkward, gangly adolescent phase.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 102 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Rob
    Apr 1, 2010
    10
    Messy, confused, angry, brilliant.
  2. Oct 21, 2010
    10
    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 aThe 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. Full Review »
  3. Aug 19, 2015
    10
    I can't believe this has the lowest user rating of their 4 albums when it is clearly the best one. This album is phenomenal from start toI can't believe this has the lowest user rating of their 4 albums when it is clearly the best one. This album is phenomenal from start to finish. The occasional violin and vocals from Amy are fantastic and exactly what the newer albums are missing. Don't get me wrong, TAOG was a great debut, but they really came into their own on the Monitor. Local Business was incredible and TMLT is beyond impressive, but neither of those albums surpassed the Monitor in my opinion. +@ Forever!!! Full Review »