"Dimed Out" & "Fatal Flaw" Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

“Dimed Out” & “Fatal Flaw” Track Reviews

Merge Records

Released May 2, 2015 (“Dimed Out”) & June 7, 2015 (“Fatal Flaw”)

Genre: Indie Rock, Punk Rock, Heartland Rock

If there is any band out there with an abundance of endurance, it’s Titus Andronicus. Catapulted to fame with their magnificent sophomore album The Monitor, a concept album loosely based on the Civil War, an incredible giant of album conceptually and musically. Lead singer Patrick Stickles’ personal stories of struggle, adolescence, angst, and cynicism sung in his raspy, Westerberg-like voice made for an album that would make Holden Caulfield proud with its Civil War meets punk meets Springsteen like ambition. Following the moderately successful third LP Local Business in 2012, Titus Andronicus announced a new record: a 29 track-long behemoth clocking in at over 93 mins entitled The Most Lamentable Tragedy. “Dimed Out” and “Fatal Flaw” are the first previews of what to expect and let me tell you, the hype is real.

“Dimed Out” brings back the familiar onslaught of unadulterated, group chorus fury of their past works. Although it’s no “the enemy is everywhere” level of involvement, and the lyrics do become mumbled every now and then, the track is catchy, consistent, and finds Titus Andronicus returning to some familiar roots while adding some strings into the mix. The track overflows with positivity and an overwhelming sense of freedom; and it goes to show that this record will bring up some familiar feelings of liberation that were so ubiquitous on The Monitor. Stickles’ voice is as raspy as ever and it’s possible to be hearing this song sung by drunk twenty-somethings in a dive bar. Once the song is over, you’ll feel nothing but invincible.

PRETTY NEAT MUSIC

SCORE: (9.0/10)

 

“Fatal Flaw” is another instance of catharsis and pure unadulterated freedom. The enthralling Glory Days-like chord progression, and the catchy sing-along chorus reiterate the positivity and liberating feelings found on “Dimed Out”. The structure, while traditional, doesn’t take away from the power of the track; an exciting example of heartland rock infused with punk bravada. In the end, Titus Andronicus are having fun, jamming out and making everyone (like myself) happy. When Stickles belts out the final chorus “Let me show you my fatal flaw/ It’s the best thing you never saw,” it sounds more like a rallying cry for those who are feeling down and need a good pick me up. In just 3 1/2 mins the song ends, but that just provokes us to press “play” again.

PRETTY NEAT MUSIC

SCORE: (8.7/10)

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