Titus Andronicus   The Airing of Grievances
4.0 Ranking: #115 for 2008
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4.5 superbAggravatedYeti | February 2nd 09

I wouldn't really call 'The Airing of Grievances' an album as much as a collection of 9 arguments, and front man Patrick Stickles is more giving a first-hand account than "singing". He yelps and screams over most of Titus Andronicus' debut disc, which is a gem of indie-emo self loathing, too smart for my surroundings (New Jersey!) bliss. His band mates do a very ample job of booming and blasting around his scream, twanging away on their guitars and smashing their drums and piano keys. Stickle's lyrics convey a hurt man, he may scream the odd "We can betray each other in dreams every night." Or "What could be the harm?/What a six week vacation from the use of my right arm?". Or maybe a chant of "Do do do do/Do do do do/Fuck everything/Fu-uck Me." Stickles is pissed sure, at himself, at god, at his parents, at the institutions he was forced to attend; but honestly, while he plays music, you couldn't tell. He couldn't be happier, even as his cries become blood curdling. It really shows in the band's music, it's fast (for the most part), fist pumping, chant worthy; it just so happens to be that their lead singer kinda sounds like Conor Oberst and he kinda whines a little. But whatever, they could give a fuck less, and that's why Titus succeed. 'Grievances' sounds like it was recorded in a submarine on shitty lowfi mics, as Stickles was in the next room screaming his lungs out. But this sound is fleshed out, real, and it works for them. They may be angry and bitter, but Titus Andronicus don't skip on the life affirming pop with a debut to be reckoned with.

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5.0 classicStatrick Pickles | August 18th 11

Patrick Stickles doesn't bleed for this shit, he straight up BLEEDS this shit. This, my friends, is Mr. Stickles' blood and semen and spit and bile. And isn't it just god damned beautiful? Oh apparently he has an eating disorder or something but idk and idc cause he is so awesome.

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4.5 superb...is fucking dead | February 26th 11

Life sucks. Feels good, man.

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4.5 superbAdam Downer STAFF | January 1st 11

your life is over your life is over your life is over your life is over

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4.0 excellentDaniel Smith | January 1st 11

The good times are here again, and again, and again...thanks, Patrick Stickles, for making soundoffs so easy.

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0.0 Mike Allen | July 12th 10

Patrick Stickles and crew demonstrate their anger at the world in the most enjoyable way possible. But listening to this, you can't help but feel like....YOUR LIFE IS OVER YOUR LIFE IS OVER YOUR LIFE IS OVER

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