ALBUM REVIEW: Titus Andronicus – An Obelisk | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 21.06.19

 

 

 

 

 

Although tenuously touted as a companion piece, Titus Andronicus’s sixth studio album emphatically banishes the pub-rock shambles of last year’s unseemly predecessor, A Productive Cough. Ostensibly a back to basics job, An Obelisk is in fact a record on which Patrick Stickles and co. rekindle both their hunger and sense of purpose, dealing out the type of scruffy, impulsive punk rancour which first marked them as worthy successors to The Replacements and Husker Dü.

With the latter’s Bob Mould in the producer’s chair, it’s also their most succinct offering to date – even with standouts such as (I Blame) Society and Hey Ma recalling the glorious swashbuckling indulgence which elevated previous LPs The Monitor and The Most Lamentable Tragedy to near-classic status. A heartening return to form.

 

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