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Local Business is the third album by Titus Andronicus.

While the first two albums were elaborate concoctions, Local Business is of the earth. Titus Andronicus the studious recording project and Titus Andronicus the raucous touring machine are no longer two distinct beings; there is only Titus Andronicus, rock and roll band.

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  • Audio CD (9 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merok
  • ASIN: B0037Z8VS8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A More Perfect Union
2. Titus Andronicus Forever
3. No Future Part Three: Escape from No Future
4. Richard II Or Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (Responsible Hate Anthem)
5. A Pot in Which to Piss
6. Four Score and Seven
7. Theme from 'Cheers'
8. To Old Friends and New
9. ...And Ever
10. The Battle of Hampton Roads

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Bruce Springsteen has enjoyed something of a renaissance recently. Not just in terms of his own career, which has once again flourished since 2002’s The Rising, but through a number of bands who are carrying the torch he first lit on E Street all those years ago. From The Killers to Arcade Fire, The Hold Steady to The Gaslight Anthem, this recent surge of Boss-inspired sounds has taken various forms, but nobody has approached it with quite the iconoclastic zeal of Titus Andronicus.

This second full-length from the five-piece (who, like Springsteen, hail from New Jersey) is an epic and ambitious concept album based around the American Civil War. It begins with a reading of an 1838 speech by Abraham Lincoln which declares that “as a nation of free men, we will live forever or die by suicide”. It’s then that the tumbling drums and feedback-fuzz guitars of A More Perfect Union kick in. “Tramps like us…” sneers singer Patrick Stickles, before inverting the classic Springsteen line “…baby, we were born to die!”

From there, the band embark on a rambunctious, exuberant, history-filled, alcohol-fuelled journey that uses the Civil War as a metaphor for the terrors and trials, joys and jubilations, of modern life. Titus Andronicus Forever and its counterpart, …And Ever, are two-minute thrashes of boisterous desperation, but the rest are searching, sprawling songs varying  constantly in tempo and tone. There’s the raw post-war anthem of Richard II, the nostalgic knees-up of Four Score and Seven and the rambling 14 minutes of the self-reflective, self-destructive finale, The Battle of Hampton Roads, where Stickles, in a voice that trembles with the nervous, drunken energy of early Bright Eyes, proclaims that he’s “destroying everything that wouldn’t make me more like Bruce Springsteen”. It ends in a frenetic flurry of white noise that slowly fades into oblivion.

The irony is that The Monitor sounds, paradoxically, both nothing and everything like The Boss. But the band have taken his influence, twisted and distorted it and made a quite remarkable album that lives up both to its rebellious, riotous ambition and its rich musical heritage. --Mischa Pearlman

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
So what do we have here then? In short it is a concept album using the American Civil War as an extended metaphor for a young man's journey away from his ancestral home in New Jersey to his new home in Boston, combined with a sort of half hearted homage to Bruce Springsteen. It doesn't sound very promising does it? Amazingly then it is all the more surprising that "The Monitor" by Titus Andronicus largely works and on times works brilliantly. Moreover a band which take their name from a minor Shakespearean tragedy turn out to be a high voltage, messy, punk American bar band who have recorded in the words of Drowned in Sound "just a stupendous collection of songs; one that demands to be listened to as loudly as you can possibly get away with". 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 epic 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 ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gannon on 25 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
History alert! The USS Monitor was the US Navy's first ironclad warship and fought the similarly-clad CSS Virginia to a draw at the Battle of Hampton Roads during the American Civil War. Titus Andronicus is in turn Shakespeare's bloodiest tragedy themed on Roman revenge.

Last year, Titus Andronicus the band snuck out The Airing of Grievances, an impressively abrasive garage-country-punk cacophony that recalled Cursive battling Bright Eyes's Desaparecidos project for supremacy. Their sophomore album The Monitor builds on that patented racket substantially, casually courting the Civil War by means of a concept whilst framing it against modern New Jersey living.

Not content, The Monitor sprawls decadently across 65 minutes, opening with a reading of Abraham Lincoln and later one of the then president of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis. Fourteen (14!) of these minutes are taken to digest "The Battle Of Hampton Roads" itself, a huge accomplishment of a track that includes an incongruous yet marvellously welcome bagpipe solo. Earlier, "...And Ever" even thinks to throw in a similarly pleasing E-Street sax chorus. Elsewhere, the Boss himself gets a name-check and more than a nod on "A More Perfect Union" with this choice deformation: "Tramps like us, baby, we were born to die."

Furthermore, The Monitor houses innumerable guest appearances including contributions by the likes of Vivian Girls and Craig Finn of The Hold Steady. The downtempo duet that Jenn Wassner of alt-folk outfit Wye Oak provides on "To Old Friends And New" is particularly memorable set against militaristic drumming. Suffice it to say that dumb punk-rock this is not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H Chinaski on 19 Mar. 2010
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Titus Andronicus are a band that are literally steeped in history. Their name, of course, comes from the title of William Shakespeare's most brutal & bloodthirsty play, the title of their debut 2008 album 'The Airing of Grievances' was named after a famous quote from T.V sitcom royalty Seinfeld (not really history but I had to get a mention of Seinfeld in there somewhere) and now in 2010 they have gone and released a 65-minute long album loosely based upon the (once again, extremely bloody) US Civil War. Do you think they are trying to tell us something?.

If you are a new-comer to this glorious New Jersey alt-rock band then all this talk of bloodthirst and brutallity will certainly go some way to preparing you for the intense gut-wrenching experience listening to this group can sometimes incur. For example, take opener 'A More Perfect Union' which starts with a quick monolouge (by Okey Canfield Chenoweth) of 'Abraham Lincoln's address to the Young Men's Lyeeum of Springfield, before flooding into a Replacements-esque punk rock song in which singer Patrick Stickles talks of the love he feels for his hometown (indeed, within the first 2 minutes he manages to mis-quote Bruce Springsteen) and the whole 6 & a half minute length is full of blistering percussion and heartfelt vocals. This opening song really sets the tone for the rest of the record.........

...which is both a blessing and a curse. The template set out by that initial 6 minute blast is so rigidly stuck to that at times the long length of the album can be a detriment to the overall effect, with some songs seamlessly leading into the next meaning some of the (numourous) moments of greatness can be lost on first listen.
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