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Album Review: Band's comeback album is just Dandy

Peter W | Interrobang | Lifestyles | October 10th, 2005



Some people can't believe that I'm a fan of the Dandy Warhols because I listen to so much heavy music. But there's just something about the ambiance and the good feeling I get when I listen to the their music — the majority of it anyway.

Their last disc was very disappointing. Welcome to the Monkeyhouse was an experiment in 80s synth pop gone wrong. Maybe two tracks on that disc are repeat plays. Odditorium, however, has the band go back towards their simplistic stoner rock ways of the past with a diverse line up of songs.

Stand out tracks on this disc include “Holding Me Up,” “Everyone is Totally Insane,” and the catchy lead single, “Smoke It.”

Two complaints I have with this recent opus are; 1) “The New Country” is such a bad tune, country or otherwise, that I have no idea how it even made the cut to be on this disc; and, 2) some of the songs on this disc are waaaay too long. “Love is the New Feel Awful” is such a good song, but about four minutes into it, you're thinking, “Why didn't they just end the song here?” Instead, you're treated to about four more minutes of the same riff but with horns coming in and out of the mix. You'll find that complaint is relevant to a few other songs (especially the last two tracks).

All in all, I think that this is a great comeback disc for the Dandy Warhols. It's not as good as their previous efforts, but it's still a million times better than Welcome to the Monkeyhouse. I'm giving this one 7 out of 10.

Think Peter's opinion is a little Odditorium? Email your opinion to popeyepopsolive@hotmail.com
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