Titus Andronicus
The Airing of Grievances


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
July 20th, 2010 | 33 replies | 2,679 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fuck everything, fuck me

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Patrick Stickles is an angry man. The Titus Andronicus front man has had enough of everything: the pains of growing up, the ramped ignorance among us, and even the fact that you have been blessed with a better singing voice than him. Whatever frustration Stickles apparently is feeling, none of it remains cooped up inside as you could imagine. This full-bearded fireball wants you to know his every thought, preferably through scarcely decipherable, and sometimes out of tune vocals and hordes of swearing. However seriously you may take it, Stickles is sincere as you will ever be; even if it is conveyed through one of the more muddled and ugly records in recent memory. In other words, this is what punk rock is meant to be.

Titus Andronicus is the type of band that seems to get away with flaws that would not be tolerated within other groups. Setting aside the inebriated vocals, the instrumentation is lackadaisical and excessive; relying on heavy feedback and monstrous interludes that account for most of the runtime. The band’s debut The Airing of Grievances, is driven by anything from a brass section to a harmonica in such a jumbled manner that it becomes perplexing why it works so well in the first place. The lyrics are rather clever for each of the record’s nine tracks, but this does not prevent a few of the choruses from getting carried away in a simplistic and ridiculous fashion. “YOUR LIFE IS OVER,” the band exclaims over and over again on the album’s sixth track, coming off as uplifting, but ultimately presenting a devastated band over the loss of their beliefs and dreams. The opener “Fear And Loathing In Mahwah, NJ” may be the most blatantly revengeful track on the record, for it possesses an unyielding anger which tears down its own boundaries. “People will tell you that if you don't love your neighbor, then you don't love God, but no god of mine would put light in such unrighteous eyes.” The Airing of Grievances is chock full of these moments, demonstrated in such a vulgar, yet pleasurable fashion throughout.

The Airing of Grievances is chaotic, self-loathing, and excessive, but there is just something that continues to draw us into this band. Titus Andronicus appeals to us because they are so imperfect; they remind us so much of ourselves that we can’t help but relate to their flaws. With the compelling nature of the band’s debut taken into consideration, it’s easy to draw comparisons with fellow New Jersey natives The Gaslight Anthem, and their ability to transform something aggravating and demoralizing into pure enjoyment, which is something that cannot be undermined.



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EVedder27
July 20th 2010



6088 Comments


Wasn't gonna review this, but the intro came into my head and had to finish

PuddlesPuddles
July 20th 2010



4753 Comments


Will take you up on summary offer

After reading your review

IAJP
July 20th 2010



378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pretty sweet album this. the thing i like about T.A and bands like male bonding is they do nothing new but their music is so bombastic and just enjoyable i can't help but love it.

SeaAnemone
July 20th 2010



19676 Comments


awesome review... I like this


I was gonna rec you Japandroids and then I saw you have them at a 2.5! That's really surprising considering how much you like TA, idk

pos

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2010



30859 Comments


I love how unhyped this is on Sputnik

Digging: Calyx and Teebee - FabricLive.76

SeaAnemone
July 20th 2010



19676 Comments


"is chuck full of these moments,"

I may be mistaken, but do you mean *chock? I thought that was the expression, but maybe I'm wrong

EVedder27
July 20th 2010



6088 Comments


I did mean chock I'll fix, thanks Eric.

And yeah, idk what it is about Japandroids that I don't like, just doesn't do anything for me

IAJP
July 20th 2010



378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like japandroids but some of their moronic fans prefer their version of to hell with good intentions to the original mclusky one. heresy..

AggravatedYeti
July 20th 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

no one really caught onto this album last year :'(

"Arms Against Atrophy" is still probably my favorite Titus song.

killer review Mr. Michael sir.

acorncheese
July 20th 2010



7119 Comments


Got this just because of the album title

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2010



30859 Comments


Oh, and forgot - your usual eloquent greatness Vedder

EVedder27
July 20th 2010



6088 Comments


Thanks Yeti and Deviant


loving the wording too Deviant

Romulus
July 20th 2010



8410 Comments


I can't figure out our strange opposite feelings towards Japandroids and these guys but I guess we have to differ somewhere. This is a fantastic review though

EVedder27
July 20th 2010



6088 Comments


Thanks Ryan, I was actually just thinking the same thing. I'll have to try Post-Nothing again on the beach in Mexico and see if anything changes.

AggravatedYeti
July 20th 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Post-Nothing never really did anything for me either and I fucking LOVE buzz
then again beach time can change that.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2010



30859 Comments


The tequila air might sway your opinions

TheSpirit
July 20th 2010



17128 Comments


awesome review as usual Mike. I've been meaning to give these guys a listen for awhile now and i think this review may just be the one to get me to do it.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2010



14982 Comments


no thanks

Enotron
July 20th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i am disappoint alex

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2010



14982 Comments


jus trollin



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