Matt's Track of the Week: "Four Score and Seven"

Song: Four Score and Seven
Artist: Titus Andronicus
Album: The Monitor
Rating: 8.0

Although Titus Andronicus received mostly positive reviews for their 2008 debut, The Airing of Grievances, for the most part, they still remain fairly unknown. Whether or not this will continue after their upcoming release The Monitor (named after the U.S. Navy's first ironclad ship, used during the Civil War) remains to be seen, however, they show great promise, and with their energy, it isn't hard to imagine them converting any listener who gives them a chance.

"Four Score and Seven" plays on the previously noted Civil War theme, as does most of the album, judging by the track names. A dynamic tune, the song starts off sounding like a tired folk number, then slowly soars into a rumbling march of grandiose instrumentation. It feels extremely modern, but still holds a strange old-world charm. Unfortunately, a studio version of the track isn't available to stream, but after the first few seconds, this live recording is fairly high quality, and should give you a taste for what Titus is all about. Check it out below.

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