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The Airing of Grievances

  • 1. Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ
    2. My Time Outside the Womb
    3. Joset of Nazareth's Blues
    4. Arms Against Atrophy
    5. Upon Viewing Brueghel's "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus"
    6. Titus Andronicus
    7. No Future, Pt. 1
    8. No Future, Pt. 2: The Day After No Future
    9. Albert Camus
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 40397

  • Credits
    ProducerKevin McMahon; Kevin McMahon
    EngineerKevin McMahon; Kevin McMahon

    Personnel: Megan Stickles (vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer, glockenspiel, tambourine); Dan Tews, Liam Betson (vocals, guitar, percussion); Kevin McMahon (vocals, guitar); Susan Putnins (vocals, piano); Eric Harm, Sarim Al-Rawi (vocals, percussion); Kevin Kearns, Sean Neafsey (vocals); Andrew Cedermark (guitar); Elio DeLuca (electric guitar, electric piano); Amy Klein (violin); David Bentley (cello); Ava Tews (clarinet); Elaine Labate, Eliane Labate (saxophone); Brian Nowakowski (trumpet); Ian Graetzer (bass guitar); Ian Dykstra (drums).
    Audio Remasterer: Guy Davie.
    Recording information: MArcata Recoridng, New Paltz, NY (08/2007-12/2007).
    Photographer: Patrick Stickles.
    Readers: Douglas Rizzo Johnson; Okey Canfield.
    Translator: Stuart Gilbert.
    THE AIRING OF GRIEVANCES is the loud, bitchy, smart, and messy debut from Glen Rock, New Jersey, agitators Titus Andronicus. A special mixture of punk-sloppy guitars, irritated attitudes, and high-art allusions, the album has a shut-up-and-listen immediacy rare in recent rock. Singer Patrick Stickles smears his ego all over the place, brazenly quoting from Camus's THE STRANGER, throwing around f-bombs, and making grand declarations about modern malaise. It might all be a little off-putting if the entire presentation weren't so irascibly lovable. "Titus Andronicus" and "No Future" actually do achieve a present-day importance, while "Arms Against Atrophy" and "Fear and Loathing in Mahwah NJ" showcase the precise musicianship hiding beneah the murky production.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.68) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "There's emo in the tortured lyrics and E Street Band in the arrangements, both appropriate for a Jersey crew."
    Spin (p.128) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his New Jersey quintet unfurls a series of banner-waving, punkish anthems that, with its E Street Band-through-a-blender production, convey a raw, deeply palpable blue-collar sympathy."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.57) - "With thrash-and-burn riffs, shout-along rants, E Street Band-style blue-collar blues, and tin-can acoustics..."
    Alternative Press (p.113) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Titus Andronicus kick up the Boss influence and rock out like a punked-up version of Neutral Milk Hotel."
    Q (Magazine) (p.105) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he aggro is underpinned by sturdy, sing-along melodies, while Stickles's serrated wail ensures the music cuts emotionally deep."
    Blender (Magazine) (p.64) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]heir debut owes its tidal sweep to a heart-tugging Springsteenian grandiosity in the form of mournful harmonicas, heraldic 'Be My Baby' drum intros and lung-busting refrains as buoyant as sea chanteys."
    Clash (magazine) (p.95) - "[N]ine tracks of garage squall....'The Airing Of Grievances' is not without its moments most melodious, as Pogues-like passages evoke images of sing-alongs in sweaty basement clubs."
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