Bruce Springsteen famously sang "Tramps like us, baby we were born to run!" The Hold Steady less famously responded, "Tramps like us, and we like tramps." On their sophomore release, "The Monitor," Jersey's most verbose and vociferous young guns, Titus Andronicus, offer their take, with all the requisite big guitar bombast: "Tramps like us, baby we were born to die!"

Bruce Springsteen famously sang "Tramps like us, baby we were born to run!" The Hold Steady less famously responded, "Tramps like us, and we like tramps." On their sophomore release, "The Monitor," Jersey's most verbose and vociferous young guns, Titus Andronicus, offer their take, with all the requisite big guitar bombast: "Tramps like us, baby we were born to die!"

Patrick Stickles still sounds like a burly version of Conor Oberst, and his band has built a sprawling story that posits the Civil War as a metaphor for ... something. Gang chants abound - "You'll always be a loser!" - as do songs that stretch beyond five minutes. It's bigger than their debut, but not quite better.