What the hell do you do to follow up an epic concept album like The Monitor? Luckily for us, Titus Andronicus didn’t try and “out-Monitor” The Monitor. Gone are the Civil War themes, multiple guest appearance and voice-overs. Still with us is the New Jersey punk band’s propensity for writing amazing tunes and a refusal to be pigeonholed by their ‘punk’ label.
I’m going to spare you a long drawn out review as I am guessing there are probably hundreds you could find to break down individual tunes. I will say this this, Oz and I were gushing over this album the other day and we were tossing around names like The Clash, Bruce, The Replacements, etc. Since then I have listened to Local Business about a half dozen times and I don’t feel ridiculous throwing around some of the most legendary names in rock & roll when describing Local Business and Titus Andronicus as a whole. They are that good.
After three amazing albums, including one that will go down as one of the most important albums of its time; Titus is well on the way to being one of the most important bands of our time – if they aren’t there already. If they keep kicking out albums of this quality they will be one of the great American bands.