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Dandy Warhols should stay in the studio

Peter W | Interrobang | Lifestyles | February 13th, 2006

If you've read my column over the past year (and years past), it's no secret to you that I'm a big fan of The Dandy Warhols. There's something just so euphoric about their music; the simple arrangements and chords can make anyone scoff, but it's the vocal layering and harmonics mixed in the with the psychedelic sampling and keyboards that really make you appreciate the talent of the band.

The Black Album/Come On Feel the Dandy Warhols is a double disc that brings together many of the B-sides, covers and demos that fans of the band have been clamoring for over the past six years.

Some of the stand outs on this collection are “Head,” “Crack Cocaine Rager,” “Dub Song,” a cover of Blondie's “Call Me” and a cover of Gordon Lightfoot's “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

In standard Dandy Warhol fashion, this is another release that seems to get the flow all messed up. You'll hear one or two really great tunes and then the band will throw in a song that's about five minutes too long and really makes you lose the appreciation for the disc as a complete package. I guess with a collection like this, you have to appreciate that the tracks weren't written in the same session.

The one real flaw about the band is their apparent inability to perform live, which can be seen on their last major release, Odditorium, that featured a bonus DVD. The live DVD (of four songs) gives me another reason to believe one of my favourite studio bands just can't reproduce their material on stage. At least the majority of this double disc rarities collection can make me forget about that disappointing quality of the band.

The double CD is only available on their website, You need a PayPal account to be able to pay for it, but it only takes a month to obtain one. If you like the band, this double CD is a must have for your collection. For those who haven't heard of the band, stick with picking up Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia.

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