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Titus Andronicus – “A More Perfect Union”

tramps like us, baby, we were born to die

The weight of 2019 is bearing down on us.  As the final stop in a 10 year waiting period – which started waaay back when the staff punctuated their 2000-2009 list with a Jane Doe victory – there’s an awful lot to think about this year.  A lot of 2019 will be spent reflecting, looking back on the last 3,650 days of music and beginning the impossible task of identifying what stood out as the very best.  Frankly, it’s a fool’s errand to even try.  That of course, is where I come in.  Even though I will continue to evaluate my top 100 albums separately – and eventually submit that list when it comes time to vote – this particular blog series will aim to spotlight my favorite songs.  That’s right, a whole decade of sowingcore at your fingertips.  I’m excited too.   For this series, I will incrementally add what I deem to be classic/essential songs to my spotify playlist [below] until there’s a list of only my very favorite songs from 2010-2019.  Please note that these installments are not ranked, but rather a compilation.

This first entry might come as a slight surprise.  Many associate “The Battle of Hampton Roads” with the very best that Titus Andronicus’ 2010 landmark record The Monitor has to offer, but I’ve always been partial to “A More Perfect Union.”  There’s a tremendous sense of political urgency that emanates from it, even though it’s not exactly patriotic. Whereas in 1838 Abraham Lincoln could wax poetic about a nation filled with promise (“If destruction be our lot, we ourselves must be its author and finisher…as a nation of free men, we will live forever or die by suicide”), Titus Andronicus find themselves on the cynical 2010 side of the coin. There’s a moment on “A More Perfect Union” when front man Patrick Stickles states “None of us shall be saved, every man will be a slave…for John Brown’s body lies a’mouldring in the grave”, and it perfectly summarizes the overarching sentiment of Americans in this day and age. The potential that once gave the United States its luster has long been squandered – and as a nation of free men, we authorized our own demise. It’s only fitting, then, that the song concludes with satirical chants of “rally around the flag” and “glory, glory, hallelujah” – each repetition drained of more emotion than the one prior to it. Atop pounding drum lines and rollicking, rebellious-sounding electric riffs, it is an adrenaline-pumping anthem that defines what The Monitor is all about – raw emotion, directed at anything and everything in its path.

Moreover, it’s the ideal song to kick off this decade playlist.

Read more from this decade at my homepage for Sowing’s Songs of the Decade.





SowingSeason
12.26.18
Every year I tend to have a resolution/new project involving the blog. Last year it was the underground spotlight, this year it's going to be highlighting songs that defined the decade. Hope you enjoy reminiscing with me; hopefully it will help out some of the users who joined later in the decade and perhaps missed out on some great music that was hyped here at the time.

mynameischan
12.26.18
Before i (thankfully) deleted my Facebook account, i would post this song every July 4th. I agree that it is a more fitting pick than "...Hampton Roads", even though that song is incredible as well.

Are you going to post a song every day? Just wondering for my own future blog plans.

SowingSeason
12.26.18
Nope that would be far too many. I'd like to reserve it more for what I consider cream of the crop, maybe my top 50 songs? At most I'll do one per week.

Green Baron
12.26.18
3,652 days, Sowing, how could you forget about the two leap years?

SowingSeason
12.26.18
And to think I used to teach high school math, for shame!

Rowan5215
12.27.18
remember that this band had an album after TMLT lmfao

"Dimed Out" is still my jam from this

Rowan5215
12.27.18
wait this is the Monitor More Perfect Union not the other one, my b

Sinternet
12.27.18
there's still a whole year left

SowingSeason
12.27.18
No shit sherlock
Imagine if I could write about a song as it was released

butcherboy
12.27.18
not a huge fan of the band, but it’s badass song..

luci
12.27.18
i see that happening tbh, you’ll be so enraptured by a 2019 song it will end up in the blog :p

SowingSeason
12.27.18
I mean for sure, avoiding recency bias will be a challenge. As long as I wait several months before adding any 2019 tracks I should be fine. The vast majority will be from the first 9 years of the decade anyway, though.

Atari
12.27.18
cool idea. never heard this band, so excited to get them a go

SowingSeason
12.27.18
Thanks Atari! They're very raw punk-rock, "The Monitor" is absolutely an essential album from this past decade. Did you give this track a listen? It will give you an idea of what to expect. I recall the vocals being the biggest barrier to liking them back in 2010, but it was honestly because I was used to more polished mainstream music at the time.

Atari
12.27.18
I'll give it a go today and let you know what I think! got a new record player for Christmas so can't pull myself away from that right now

Atari
12.27.18
ok, that track was phenomenal...

mynameischan
12.27.18
Wow it is almost unbelievable to me that you haven't heard this. You're in for a treat.

JohnnyoftheWell
12.27.18
Cool cool project dude, look forward to seeing what it turns into

SowingSeason
12.29.18
Something about seeing Atari discover this band and love it just feels so pure. It's like a match made in heaven.

Thanks Johnny, I'm getting ready to pick the next song and maybe write about it on new years eve.

Atari
12.29.18
Hell yeah, Sowing! Couldn’t have started this series off with a much better track. I have a soft spot for vocals like this and the guitars are a blast as well. I also can’t believe I’ve never heard them before, haha. Looking forward to discovering some more great stuff through your future posts

luci
12.29.18
please discover japandroids :p

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