Ambition is never in short in supply in indie rock circles, though in most cases what passes for ‘ambition’ these days are mainly just shortcuts to ambition rather than actual ambition itself. But in the case of New Jersey band Titus Andronicus and their last album ‘The Monitor”, real ambition and real achievement somehow magically collides to make what is surely one of 2010’s best albums.
Sounding like a bastard child of Neutral Milk Hotel, Guided By Voices and Say Anything (with a little sprinkle of The Hold Steady), this American civil war inspired album is as ambitious as they come, complete with Ken Burns-like re-enactment of speeches by historical figures like Abraham Lincoln opening or closing the magnificent, rousing and rowdy songs. Check out the video for their single “A More Perfect Union” below, though we honestly do think that to appreciate their full majesty and genius, you need to listen to the whole album instead. Check them out on Myspace and Facebook too.