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REVIEW: Titus Andronicus - S+@dium Rock: Five Nights at the Opera

REVIEW: Titus Andronicus - S+@dium Rock: Five Nights at the Opera

By: Daniel Ward
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A review of the Titus Andronicus album S+@dium Rock: Five Nights at the Opera.

 

All right, here it is: strident, in your face and recorded at no doubt the pinnacle of Titus Andronicus’ career to date, a new live record, S+@dium Rock: Five Nights at the Opera.  


Celebrating the 2015 release of The Most Lamentable Tragedy as well as singer Patrick Stickles 30th birthday, this record was recorded at NYC’s Shea Stadium—a spot well known as one of the most important all-ages DIY spaces.  Titus Andronicus sold out an unprecedented five nights at the venue for the record release of TMLT.  Since it’s not the 60s, 70s, 80s or even 90s anymore and few seem to value live records, S+@dium Rock: Five Nights at the Opera is noteworthy in several ways.


The best thing about this record is that the band sounds like they’re having so much fun.  Before “Dimed Out” even hits, you can hear an enthusiastic “Let’s f**king go!” shouted out.  You can also here birthday wishes called out to Patrick before the track fades out.  “Lonely Boy” hits like something off of Bowie’s Live in Santa Monica ’72 and cuts with so much more raw energy than the studio recording.


That brings up one of the most important facts about S+@dium Rock: these recordings add raw, new dimensions to the existing studio cuts.  Live “I Lost My Mind” is much less opera, and much more punk rock.  “Sun Salutation” is 100% different with dueling guitars in lieu of an a cappella chant.  “No Future Part V” is transformed from a ballad into a sturdy, driving rock track.  And you best believe that there’s no accordion on the live version of “Stable Boy”.


This is an extremely high quality snapshot of a band putting out their best performances to date.  Titus Andronicus bring a new vivacity and drive to these songs that the studio recordings can’t even touch on—and they just make it all seem so fun and effortless. These recordings add raw, new dimensions to the existing studio cuts.

 

Titus Andronicus - S+@dium Rock: Five Nights at the Opera


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