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Monitor

Titus AndronicusAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Local Business is the third album by Titus Andronicus.

While the first two albums were elaborate concoctions, Local Business is of the earth. Titus Andronicus the studious recording project and Titus Andronicus the raucous touring machine are no longer two distinct beings; there is only Titus Andronicus, rock and roll band.

The lineup is: Patrick Stickles ... Read more in Amazon's Titus Andronicus Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 9, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL Recording
  • ASIN: B00347ZXQC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,750 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A More Perfect Union
2. Titus Andronicus Forever
3. No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future
4. Richard II
5. A Pot In Which To Piss
6. Four Score And Seven
7. Theme From "Cheers"
8. To Old Friends And New
9. ...And Ever
10. The Battle Of Hampton Roads

Editorial Reviews

The Monitor is a concept album about the Civil War, "sort of", says singer Patrick Stickles. It was recorded August (09) by Kevin McMahon at his studio - Marcata Recording - in New Paltz, NY. The usual suspects from the world of Titus Andronicus were all in attendance, as well as members of Ponytail, Wye Oak, Vivian Girls, and the Hold Steady. McMahon also mixed the album, and it was mastered by Greg Calbi whom the band chose because he is the only person alive who can claim involvement in both The Chemistry of Common Life by Fucked Up and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell by Meat Loaf!

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
So what do we have here then? In short it is a concept album using the American Civil War as an extended metaphor for a young man's journey away from his ancestral home in New Jersey to his new home in Boston, combined with a sort of half hearted homage to Bruce Springsteen. It doesn't sound very promising does it? Amazingly then it is all the more surprising that "The Monitor" by Titus Andronicus largely works and on times works brilliantly. Moreover a band which take their name from a minor Shakespearean tragedy turn out to be a high voltage, messy, punk American bar band who have recorded in the words of Drowned in Sound "just a stupendous collection of songs; one that demands to be listened to as loudly as you can possibly get away with"

The Monitor is of course the great American civil war iron clad battleship that fought to a standstill its Confederate equivalent CSS Virginia at the Battle of Hampton Roads. It is no great shock then to find a 14 minute long ode to said battle on this album which in its ninth minute introduces the bagpipes!

Let us forget the concept for now and pose the key question what's the music like? The album starts with someone quoting Abraham Lincoln and then "A more perfect union" erupts. Squalls of feedback breach into a huge drum beat/riff which would put the Gaslight Anthem to shame and singer Patrick Stickles announcing that "I never wanted to change the world, I'm not looking for a new New Jersey / But tramps like us / Baby we were born to die". Indeed the current obsession of young American bands with the Boss knows no bounds except in this case its Bruce's nasty nephews at happy hour with ASBOs! At about 4 minute 10 seconds it seems to break into a different song that could be the Dropkick Murphys. Just hear it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic by a band that should be June 12, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Since I liked this recording almost immediately a few months ago I waited a few more months before posting a review to see if my enthusiasm would wear off. I still love it, consider it the best of the year and may even put it as one of my favorites in the last 10 years or so.

They wear their hearts on their sleeves - respectfully pulling from their influences but never sounding derivative (kind of like Wilco or Doves at their best). Its also brave that they pulled of a concept recording and have songs that run 7-10 minutes long. Definitely recommend not judging the band or recording by the you tube version of "a more perfect union" but getting the full version of "The Monitor".

I'm 42 and Westerberg has provided the soundtrack of my last 28 years. Yes, musically you can draw similarities to the mats -lyrical wordplay and musical ragged glory. My enthusiasm does as well - an indie band that's so deserving you want the world to hear yet selfishly you want to keep to yourself. That probably hasn't happened for me since discovering Sonic Youth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Enemy is Everywhere January 1, 2011
By Kevin
Format:Audio CD
By the time the album's closer, The Battle of Hampton Roads began, I knew this would be the best album I would hear all year. Then the bagpipe solo hit and I fell in love with this record all over again. If there's one thing I would want to touch on with this album, its the lyrics. They are downright some of the best lyrics I've ever heard. At times they sound almost "emo", but the voice theyre coming from sounds so sincere and downright angry you can't help but become entangled in them and believe them.

"Everything makes me nervous and nothing feels good for no reason.
Waking up, it's rarely worth it - the same dark dread every morning.
Senior year here in Mahwah, a new world just around the corner,
Leave me behind, let me stagnate, in a fortress of solitude."

Its lyrics like these that really make the album. Sure, theres great guitar solos and snare-roll filled drumming, but I just love the lyrics and the singing. Its the type of CD you just put in your car and drive around listening to, taking the long way home to enjoy the songs.

If there was one criticism I could put towards this record its that the songs sometimes feel a bit bloated, but hell, thats pretty much they're style. Its something you can look past, and overall its a five star album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the Year August 18, 2010
By JosephQ
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the best album to come out in 2010 so far and I dont think any artist will beat it. Several songs are over 7 minutes in length and somehow they avoid getting boring. The songwriting is top notch. The final track The Battle of Hampton Roads is 14 minutes of pure epic you must buy this album.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Somehow it all works perfectly March 16, 2010
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I don't quite understand how this album and sound work so well. From the surface, it is sloppy and abrasive. Yet it combines punk, lo-fi, and classic rock together in a new and unheard way. The lyrics are interesting, and the songs work better as a cycle with the total being better than the sum of its parts. If you like The Hold Steady, Springsteen, the Clash, Okervill River, and Dylan all rolled up in one, try this. Listening to the 30 second samples I thought I wouldn't like it, but took a chance. Glad I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has changed the way I listen to and write music September 22, 2011
By bkarcic
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
There are only three albums that I can say have really really noticeably changed the way I look at music. They are "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel, "Let It Be" by the Replacements, and this stellar record by a band that is in my opinion one of the finest groups making music today. Patrick Stickles has one of the edgiest voices I've ever heard (I named my singing saw after him). The lyrics and guitar solos and pianos are all in just the right places. My second-favorite album of 2010, behind Twisted Fantasy.

On a side note, if you can find the opportunity to see them live, do it. Chanting 'you will always be a loser!' and 'the enemy is everywhere!' at Lollapalooza is the highlight of my summer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't be topped.
It's the best punk album of the century.
Published 1 month ago by mike stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great CD
Published 1 month ago by Sojun
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best album
Published 2 months ago by Al Gore
5.0 out of 5 stars A great romp
A great romp through Civil War era New Jersey. Titus Andronicus has done it well with Monitor. This is the band's best CD.
Published 18 months ago by T. Lutey
4.0 out of 5 stars intoxicating sounds
"The Monitor" by Titus Andronicus has been called a concept album about the American Civil War, along with a few references to the state of New Jersey thrown in for good measure. Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-imaging the Civil War as a battle against douchebags?
I'm not totally sure, but I THINK this album is a re-imaginging of the civil war as a battle for New Jersey between Bruce Springsteen disciples and frat boy-type douchebags. Read more
Published on August 24, 2011 by Adam Selzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beat Up Badly
I went to see Okkervil River, and this band "Titus Andronicas" opened up for them. What a great band, seem to have the right chemistry to make this work. Read more
Published on July 1, 2011 by zenarrrow
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars because some people gave it a 3.
that's democracy. I get the 3's. I give a 5.

Then it's alright the way that you live
it's alright the way that you live.
Published on June 17, 2011 by muff gahbage
3.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD, BUT...
OK to start this is NOT a five star record. I wish Amazon gave you a half star option because it's better than three and not quite a 4. You guessed it 3.5 from me. Read more
Published on January 1, 2011 by ehradecky
3.0 out of 5 stars Glimmers of Greatness Give Way to Bloat
I finally got around to checking out Titus Adronicus by listening to "The Monitor" these past few weeks and while I do see the record's merit, I was not blown away like others... Read more
Published on August 5, 2010 by Benjamin Musburger
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