The Monitor - Titus Andronicus
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 96 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 96
  2. Negative: 15 out of 96

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  1. Dec 26, 2012
    10
    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.
  2. Jan 30, 2011
    10
    7.6 overall rating is **** **** The people who gave this a negative score are all **** idiots.
  3. 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 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.
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. It's more like sloshing or spewing, as intermittent love lookbacks evoke a social despair also contextualized by fabulous spoken epigraphs from Walt Whitman, Jefferson Davis, William Lloyd Garrison, and Young Abe Lincoln.
  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. The Monitor, then, is a boisterous, eloquent argument that rock music need not be dumb in order to be enjoyable, moreover, that we should be questioning and analysing our heritage rather than precariously stumbling onwards. But mostly, it's just a stupendous collection of songs; one that demands to be listened to as loudly as you can possibly get away with.