This Band, Titus Andronicus, Could Be Your Life



There’s no such thing as a perfect double album. The White Album and Blonde on Blonde have “Revolution 9” and “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” respectively. Certain tracks on Songs in the Key of Life linger longer than they should. Tommy and The Wall, both occasionally sleepy, inspired countless pretentious admirers, the greatest sin of all. That’s part of their charm, though — the messy, boring, and inessential songs are a chance for the listener to take a deep breath, to recharge before “Visions of Johanna” or “Knocks Me Off My Feet” change your life, man.

The best double album is also one of the greatest albums ever, the Clash’s London Calling, but even it slips ever so slightly near the end. “The Card Cheat” and “Four Horsemen” are enjoyable, but they can’t keep with the stacked first half, with “Jimmy Jazz,” “Hateful,” and “Rudie Can’t…

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