Titus Andronicus have become more likable and accessible with each of there last two albums, but LP3 brings the most radio-friendly and single-ready tracks to date. On their last record reviewers drew comparisons between the band and fellow NJ native, the boss. But if Titus Andronicus was in debt to Springsteen then, they are boarding on copywrite infringement now. The strong lead piano and classically structured pop vocalstake the band out of the garage and into the arena, or at least the reputable club. With 10 members contributing to the recording of this album, including the violin skills of Owen Pallett, songs on Local Business are far more complex and developed than The Airing of Grievances and far more diverse than The Monitor. Where their first two albums relied on heavy drums and guitars fighting for space over Stickles’ screeching vocals, Local Business opens up space for more recognizable and thoughtful lyrics and beautifully technical instrumental arraignments. This album does not have the same fearless energy and ambition of The Monitor, but don’t think that Stickles lost his edge when his shaved his beard. This album is still rooted in heavy guitar and disillusioned yells from a forgotten New Jersey garage.
RIYL: Nude Beach, Ty Seagall
FCC: 8, 10