Titus Andronicus – The Monitor

The Monitor is out March 9 on XL

Titus Andronicus, who had one of my favorite albums of 2k8 with The Airing of Grievances are back with a new album, The Monitor. It’s out this Tuesday, March 9 and it is a sprawling epic of an album. 10 tracks over the course of 1 hour and not a bad one in the bunch. Initially I wasn’t so thrilled about the use of violin, piano and some of the bar room sound of the whole thing. It sounded a bit like a more punk version of The Hold Steady. But, after repeated listens this is one of my favorite records right now. Don’t be scared off by that dark cover and supposed Civil War theme of the whole thing. It’s a loose association, the album is really about being an outcast and being okay with that; about fighting to make your own place and to rally the outcasts to stand up for the things they love.

Frontman Patrick Stickles sounds more like Conor Oberst than ever before and I mean that as a compliment. In fact the album that The Monitor often brings to mind is Oberst’s own work with Desaparecidos, one of my most favorite albums. Standouts include “Richard II,” “Four Score and Seven,” “Titus Andronicus Forever” & “To Old Friends and New.” Perhaps my favorite moment on the album is the insane guitar line within “The Battle of Hampton Roads.” You’ll know it when you hear it.

So buy the thing when it comes out. Here it is on CD or Vinyl.

      Titus Andronicus - A More Perfect Union

      Titus Andronicus - Four Score and Seven

And if you need further convincing…

Previous Titus coverage including additional mp3’s.