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4.4 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 5 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002U2S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,894 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Be-In
2. Boys Better
3. Minnesoter
4. Orange
5. I Love You
6. Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth
7. Every Day Should Be A Holiday
8. Good Morning
9. Whipping Tree
10. Green
11. Cool As Kim Deal
12. Hard On For Jesus
13. Pete International Airport
14. The Creep Out

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The major-label debut from Portland's psychedelic-pop protagonists swirls earfuls of 1960s guitar riffs around 1990s Brit-pop nuances. If Come Down occasionally sounds like Neil Young fronting Oasis ("Boys Better," "Minnesoter") or Lou Reed doing The Verve ("Good Morning"), it just as often turns self-referential and obscure. The quartet constructs a slavishly fashionable sound rife with drug references (the relentlessly jangly post-Cobain anthem, "Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth," includes the memorable chorus: "Heroin is so passe") and sleepy, detached elegance. There's sweeping beauty here, too, in the lush, intricate guitar work (courtesy Courtney Taylor and Peter Holmstrom) and the cooing female backing vocals (Zia McCabe). --Mark Woodlief

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Format: Audio CD
Like with Thirteen Tales from Bohemia I just don't understand why The Dandy Warhols have sensational released songs and the rest of their album's unreleased songs are nothing like the released ones either in quality, style or sound. A lot of songs on here seem to have had no effort put into them whatsoever when either writing or performing them.
The Dandy Warhols have had great success with Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth from this album, Bohemian Like You from the Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia album and We Used to be Friends from Welcome to the Monkey House. Why? Because they open their mouths in those songs and actually seem like they are interested in singing them. The rest of the songs on here are either mumbled, sung so softly you have to struggle to understand what is being said or are just plain terrible. Many seem to be stuck in first gear, you are listening expecting the song to take of from the intro at any stage but they seem to not be able to find second gear.
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The Dandy Warhols are a band that don`t take themselves too seriously and always know how to make a swell and intricate record. "Come Down", their second effort, is not their best but still has some qualities and a couple of interesting ideas. Here, they throw in references to the Velvet Underground, the Doors, add a bit of brit pop, folk, lo-fi and psychedelic elements. The singles "Boys Better", "Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth" and "Every Day Should Be An Holiday" are the most recognizable and acessible songs, though there are other good tracks to find. The mellow moments of "Good Morning", "Whipping Tree" or "Green" create emotional, ethereal songs, showing the band`s softer side. Their slacker, cooler-than-ever, laid-back attitude is present throughout the album, turning it into an addictive listening experience. It`s a pity that some tedious songs ("Pete International Airport", "The Creep Out") make the record a bit flawed and not as good as its follow-up "Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia", but for the most part it still is a fun ride. Enjoy.
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Before 2000's "Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia" came out and had Dandy Warhols songs in TV ads for everything from Michelob beer to Nissan automobiles to pretty much everything else, "Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth" was winning accolades as being one of the most entertaining videos to run on MTV since the glory days of Russell Mulcahy's work with Duran Duran, "Boys Better" was spicing up the soundtrack to "Good Will Hunting" and "Every Day Should Be A Holiday" was adding a touch of class to "There's Something About Mary" (admittedly not so difficult to do).
"The Dandy Warhols Come Down" marks Portland, Oregon's most enigmatic (yet sonically accessible) band's major-label debut with Capitol/EMI, and considering the massive wave of neo-psychedelic indie-pop that flooded the music industry in 1997 (not in the least among the stand-outs being Cornershop's "When I Was Born For The th Time" and Primal Scream's masterpiece "Vanishing Point"), it is probably understandable that "...Come Down" managed to slip beneath the radar of most music fans. However, those who have made the effort to experience this CD are seldom regretfull for doing so. From the dreamy and extended introduction of "Be-In" (the song used to open most Dandys live shows to this day) to the experimental soundscapes of "Pete International Airport" and "The Creep-Out" there are a vaiety of trippy grooves and joyful summertime pop tunes, including the afforementioned pop hookfests "...Last Junkie...", "Boys Better", "...Holiday", as well as the aural equivalent of a flower opening its bloom and facing the sun, "Good Morning" and the name-dropping hipster chic of "Cool As Kim Deal".
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The Dandy's second release is one of the greatest records in the 90's...by far. The sonic grooves the Dandy's take you on again and again leave a listener exhausted and overwhelmed by feeling. From the beginnings of the feedback rumbles on "Be-In" to the closings on "The Creep Out", a note is hardly wasted. Stand-out tracks are "Be-In", "Boys Better" "Minnesoter" "Good Morning" "Green" "Hard On For Jesus". The Dandy Warhols can trip you out, and swell your mind in 10 different directions, then chill you out with 4 minutes of pop perfection. Mr. Taylor (now Taylor-Taylor) is a brilliant songwriter, and Pete Holmstrom pushes the guitar and its sonic textures beyond belief. The music is hard to describe with words...the textures and the sounds are amazing. If you take the best melodies from the 60's, plus the darkest moments of the Rolling Stones, plus 70's rock bravado, plus 80's new wave creepy-isms, plus 90's studio and technical mastery, you've got this album. It grabs and utilizes the best moments from the past 4 decades...without sounding pretentious. Truly an amazing rock record. Do yourself a favor and buy it.
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Only two forces known to humanity could possibly convince you that this is a great record. The first is age. The second is a small record collection. Yeah, it's really boring and pompous to come across someone who dares play the sage. I'm no expert, but there's nothing here that hasn't been done infinitely better by infinitely better bands. The first one that comes to mind should need no mention among true music fans, but if you need hints here are two: a banana peel, and white light. The Dandys look like rock stars, and with super models to date they certainly act like rock stars, but their music is strictly pedestrian. This isn't necessarily a bad album, it's just uninspired. And a keyboardist who takes her shirt off during performances? Splendid! If you like cheap gimmicks, that is. Plenty of British bands, meanwhile, have spent their time listening to the masters and translating those influences into truly jaw-dropping sounds that don't sound like exercises in mockery. If you're really conscious about how you spend that hard-won dinero, check out Spiritualized.
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