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A Productive Cough

Titus Andronicus

A Productive Cough

The fifth album from Patrick Stickles' New Jersey punk band

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  1. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    A Productive Cough is Titus Andronicus's freshest, wildest, most unexpected work to date
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  2. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    A collection of secular hymns for the modern world meant not to be sung in churches but shouted in bars by strangers coming together to confront the misery of everyday living
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  3. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    It's refreshingly concise, yet fiery and lyrically on point
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  4. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Packed to the brim with a dour and earnest resolve.
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  5. 8.0 |   NOW

    Titus Andronicus reminds us that to build a dream world, you can’t forget the dream
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  6. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    All of the songs have an intended vastness about them, like modern mini anthems in their own right
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  7. 7.3 |   Earbuddy

    A Productive Cough feels like a transition record for Stickles as he works on discovering what he does next as a musician
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  8. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Productive Cough draws strength from its collective spirit
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  9. 7.0 |   Punk News

    This album meets, exceeds and plays with expectations in the way only Stickles knows how
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  10. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    A Productive Cough is remarkably authentic and engrossing, and there's no questioning the level of dedication and skill behind its many bursts of dense boisterousness.
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  11. 6.9 |   Paste Magazine

    A Productive Cough provides Titus Andronicus with another bold manifesto. They might have varied the volume, but they’re still railing with their customary resolve
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  12. 6.0 |   music OMH

    A Productive Cough is not a bad album, but it’s not Titus Andronicus’ greatest moment
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  13. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It’s half magical, lush, and wholesome, and half redundant
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  14. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    A Productive Cough is an impressively daring gambit
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  15. 6.0 |   Mojo

    The album suffers whenever excess creeps in. Print edition only

  16. 6.0 |   Q

    Punk rock footsoldier locates his inner Shane MacGowan. Print edition only

  17. 5.9 |   Pitchfork

    For all its musical freedom, A Productive Cough is still a laborious record
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  18. 5.5 |   The 405

    While, undoubtedly, it took a lot of time, work and engagement to put it together, it still comes across as a throw-away release in their catalogue
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  19. 5.2 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    They're right back where they came from in a dying scene, idolising the genre's past and ignoring its future when they could have easily been the writers of it instead
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  20. 5.0 |   Uncut

    It would be satisfying to hail A Productive Cough as Titus Andronicus' equivalent of Who's Next - but sadly it's more "What the hell?". Print edition only

  21. 4.0 |   DIY

    Completely without inspiration
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  22. 4.0 |   The Observer

    Upbeat but underdone
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  23. 4.0 |   The Skinny

    Almost every song on Titus Andronicus' new album overstays its welcome, leaving us longing for the 60s and 70s greats replicated here
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