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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
"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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Great packaging for t@'s masterpiece "the monitor". I was lucky enough to get it signed, Thanks Titus!Published 2 months ago by Cindy
This item came in perfect condition and even scored me a boyfriend haha I highly reccomend coming to this buyer for their vinylsPublished 13 months ago by Reilly Callahan
One of my favorite albums of the last ten years. The vinyl is high quality 160 gram and sounds great, plus it came with two digital downloads for my iPod.Published 13 months ago by Justin Campbell
Just hearing this this year, and somehow has dethroned all my previous favorite albums of all time. This is an incredible work of art. A masterpiece.Published 14 months ago by Markus
Pretty damn close to 5 stars. This album reveals something new with every listen. (I don't grade 5 stars very often.)Published 18 months ago by tim joflan
By far my favorite album of the 2010's so far. There has been a lot of great music in the last five years, but only this and The Seer by Swans are still regular listens for me.Published 18 months ago by Adrian Delatorre
If you love unique rock music this is for you. I discovered them at Coachella.Published 21 months ago by kimber