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Odditorium or Warlords of Mars [Import]

The Dandy Warhols Audio CD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1. Colder Than The Coldest Winter Was Cold
2. Love Is The New Feel Awful
3. Easy
4. All The Money Or The Simple Life Honey
5. The New Country
6. Holding Me Up
7. Did You Make A Song With Otis
8. Everyone Is Totally Insane
9. Smoke It
10. Down Like Disco
11. There Is Only This Time
12. A Loan Tonight

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Japanese pressing features the earliest release and 12 total tracks including 'Love Is The New Feel Awful', 'The New Country', 'Smoke It' & 'A Loan Tonight' plus the bonus track '11C'. EMI. 2005.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Odditorial Feb. 24 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Where did the enthusiasm of the Dandy Warhols go?

That's a hard question to answer, since the enigmatic, oddball sound of "Odditorium Or Warlords Of Mars" is hard enough to understand in itself. While it has some fun beats and bizarre moments, it feels meandering and lost in its own expansive music.

It kicks off with a rather cute (if pretentious) spoken introduction, which sets them up as the root of modern rock'n'roll just post-WW II. From there on, the Dandys embark on a sprawling string of retro dance music, which ranges from brilliant to... bloated. It pains me to say it, but it must be said.

In songs like "Smoke It," the whirling "Down Like Disco," they are doing what they do best -- these songs are fun, energetic and dancey, the sort of music you think you shouldn't like, but you will anyway. In these songs, the Dandys are in top form.

But these songs are overshadowed by a series of sprawling tracks that begin, progress and end more or less on the same note. These songs -- like the twelve-minute closer -- are repetitive and kind of surreal. Frankly, they sound like something composed by a stoned person. And what is WITH that country song?

Are they experimental songs? Not that I can tell, since the music isn't that different from their dancier, funner songs. Instead, it's just the same music... stretched thin. Exhibit A: The tortured riff on the final song, which seems to linger for weeks. If these songs had been whittled down to ordinary lengths, they could have been GREAT.

And you know that wit and sense of fun that the Dandys always had before? It's not here. There are laments rather than fun, and even in the laments, there's no wry wit. Just complaints about the rough life of a rock star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best band on the planet Jan. 7 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Trippy jams mixed in with sharp power pop tunes. While not as immediate as their previous albums this is a real grower and it's my favourite CD of 2005 by a long shot.
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1.0 out of 5 stars BORING Sept. 15 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I am, er, was, one of the biggest Dandy fans anywhere. I have all the commercially and non-commerical released material and love it all. Brilliant I would say. I've seen them several times and followed them for years.
This album I find is dull, recycled, derivative with no heart and little soul. If Courtney produces a hit evertime he sneezes then it's time he get a cold, big cold. What a disappointment. It's as if someone had a gun to their heads and said, ok, make an album in the next ten minutes.
He sneezes, I cough. This one is no good.
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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  73 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool like Cracker Sept. 13 2005
By William Merrill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I don't buy the whole pre- and post-Dig argument, that the Dandy Warhols are a different band after the documentary just because of the exposure they received. I still hear them making generally the same kind of groovy, loose music they were making in the late '90s. Sure they continue to try out new ideas, but we wouldn't want or expect them to put out the same exact CD ten times, would we? I particularly enjoyed the new songs "Everyone Is Totally Insane" and "Down Like Disco." This may not be their best work ever, but the Odditorium is still worth a visit. (However, it is not a 5-star album... For those who rate every CD they like as 5 stars, how do you distinguish between the good, the excellent, and the truly awesome? If all are 5 stars, what's the difference between them? Five stars should be reserved for enduring classics.)
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This IS The Dandy Warhols Jan. 7 2006
By A. Klimas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Dandy Warhols are bred from a rare seed in today's music scene. One where you put your artistic integrity and fans over the quick sale and the glitz and glamour of MTV. To be perfectly honest, to see The Dandys in anything larger than a club would be a contradiction in terms. They are the essence of a fan's band and this is evident during their live shows when they play for 3 hours and take several audience requests (let's see Coldplay do that). With this in mind you have to see "Odditorium or Warlords of Mars" as the next logical step in their evolution. Those of us that were with them from the beginning remember the 8 minute dronings of "Dick" off The Dandy's debut LP or the nearly 30 minute 3 part drug rave "It's A Fast Driving Rave Up With The Dandy Warhols", so for us the new tunes with their excessive length and spaced out chords are no suprise. However the new generation Dandy fans could find themselves at a loss for words. 2003's "Welcome To The Monkey House" presented a whole new Dandy Warhols to the nation, one that was into creating catchy little pop hooks and making colorful tv friendly videos. That was not the band you thought you knew. "Odditorium" IS The Dandy Warhols.

As for the album itself it is a difficult listen at first and the song lengths could make you yearn for the skip button on your cd player, however upon repeated listens you will find whole new depths to the music that seem to grow with each listen. "Love Is The New Feel Awful" and "Everyone Is Totally Insane" are up there with "BE IN" and "Bohemian Like You" as some of the best stuff they've ever done. Yes, the album does drag and lack in parts "A Loan Tonight" is not a very good song and "The New Country" although cute and humorous would have been better served as a B-Side. But even with these short comings this album does not deserve the bad rep it is getting from the reviewers. All the major magazines lambasted this record as a faliure but we Dandy fans know different. Give this album a shot and you won't be disappointed The Dandy Warhols are a dying breed so let's support them and the artistic prowess or else all we'll be left with is "Fall Out Boy" and "Three Doors Down". Personally I'd rather be deaf.

Spotlight Tracks - Love Is The New Feel Awful, Everyone Is Totally Insane, All The Money Or The Simple Life Honey

Disappointing Tracks - A Loan Tonight, The New Country, Colder Than The Coldest Winter Was Cold
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Those Looking For A Pop Album Need Not Apply Oct. 2 2005
By J Jonah Jameson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A great, classic neo-psychedelic Dandy Warhol's album. This is music that take somewhere and asks for something in return. Do you really think Courtney Taylor thinks that your average casual pop music listener is into 7-9 minute long space-out/jazz/noise jams? Or the semi-retarded, affected/effected vocal style of A Loan Tonight? No? Obviously this album is not meant for you unless you're willing to pull out of your comfort zone, shut your pie-hole and listen.

This albums sounds fresh and loose..like it was recorded in the band's practice space when they weren't paying attention...oh yeah, it kind of was.

Its too bad that this type of music will not be popular...they're going to lose a lot of fans on this one...but you know what? They never really got it anyway.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knock, knock... who's there?... Best album you could ever listen to... Sept. 21 2005
By Joannie Banana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Let's face it, the state of the music is pretty bad, the last best selling bands were crap (Creed, Bizkit so on). Since R.E.M. got popular (and then unpopular at least in the US) and since alternative got to the radio through Nirvana (in the way creating some crappy "alternative bands" that undertook "serious" subjects with a stupid approach) the mainstream has been full of formulistic, unimaginative and unchallenging songs. As bands got better taste and more creative (such as Pearl Jam, Radiohead) they lost popularity. The only recent relieve we've had is the incursions into mainstream of "vintage" sound bands (Strokes, Interpol, Hives, White Stripes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and of some indie bands (Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips and to some extent the Dandy Warhols themselves and their friends/rivals Brian Jonestown Massacre) (And these are already generating some crappy copycats lacking original message).

If you expect to judge this album (or any good one) by this standards you'll think it is too long, too derivative, too hard to listen, too unfocused. Hell, by those standards only Creed or Puddle of Mud would be acceptable... And that dear sirs would be the end of Rock & Roll. Rock & Roll is not supposed to be safe and monotonous, it is supposed to be challenging and different... Its not supposed to tell you the same thing all the time, it is supposed to show you new things, take different perspectives, help you realize the world is bigger than you thought. And at the same time it is supposed to be fun, it is ridiculous to take yourself too seriously you won't be able to change if you do. Hey this record lives up to these other standards and is awesome.

Enjoy it!
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Because I listen to it. Oct. 12 2005
By Tankery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Throw away the opening Bill Curtis talk garbage and for 10 songs you have as good as this band gets. The last two droning tracks sound like the best of Xymox and that's not good for this band.

I don't understand why this band works so hard at being clever but then I don't understand a lot of things. The strongest cuts for me are Love Is The New Feel Awful (21st Century shoe gazer riff in my little mind) All The Money Or The Simple Life Honey (nicely clever) and Down like disco (as good as the strongest stuff from Welcome to the Monkey House).

Like I said the first 10 tracks make it a worthy successor to Welcome to the Monkey House-One of my favorite all time albums- the last two tracks take the droning noise way too seriously and drag it down for me.

Oh, and ef rolling stone. One star? They have the worst website in America anyway. Annoying Pop-ups all over the place, commercial only music, their reviews are dumber than mine.
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