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August 2019
Album review

'An Obelisk' finds Titus Andronicus at their most direct, a whip-smart punk assault

A record without an inch of fat.
Label: Merge
Released: 21st June 2019
Rating: ★★★★
'An Obelisk' finds Titus Andronicus at their most direct, a whip-smart punk assault
Published: 10:35 am, June 20, 2019Words: Martyn Young.

Titus Andronicus and Bob Mould feels like such a perfect fit you wonder why they haven’t teamed up before. Now though, the legendary Husker Du frontman has teamed up with the New Jersey punk heroes to produce their sixth album ‘An Obelisk’.

The album finds the band at their most direct and instantly irresistible as they rattle through a brisk 40 minutes of punk thrills, guitar solos and the sort of soaring chorus’ that make you puff your chest out in defiance as the world crumbles.

Songs like ‘(I Blame) Society’ dispense with anything as frivolous as intro and instead instantly blast in with the recognisable snotty vocals of frontman Patrick Stickles, while elsewhere ‘Within The Gravitron’ beefs things up before culminating with the solo-reffic closer ‘Tumult Around The World’

The influence of Bob Mould is apparent in honing Titus’ sound into a whip-smart punk assault on a record without an inch of fat which all adds up to make a gloriously rousing collection.

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