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Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohehemia

Dandy Warhols Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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13 Tales From Urban Bohemia, the third album from the Dandy Warhols, has the band departing from the degenerate slacker psychedelia of their previous works. Well, mostly. From the first three tracks of Urban Bohemia, you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's business as usual for the Dandys. However, when the slide guitar (and, yes, banjo) of "Country Leaver" kicks in, it's clear that Courtney Taylor is taking his Portland, Oregon-based band somewhere different. From that point, the album changes tack and becomes one of the catchiest--and sardonic--American rock albums in recent memory. "Solid" is all upbeat harmonies about the joy of getting over a previous lover, while "Horse Pills"--which starts with Taylor's deadpan and indifferent command to "kick it"--is all big, fuzzy guitars and hip-hop beats wielded against too-rich, silicon-and-valium-addicted divorcées. Easy targets, to be sure, but it's when the Dandys focus their attention on wannabe artsy types on "Bohemian Like You" that this album truly proves its worth, with a guitar riff lifted straight off of the Rolling Stones, backed by some Hammond organ and one of the catchiest sing-along choruses since Pulp's "Common People". With obvious influences ranging from Lou Reed to the Cult to Adam and the Ants, 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia is a classic, and classy, rock album. --Robert Burrow

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5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC Jan. 10 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
I love this album and will always love this album. It's got a great mix of stoner rock. The Glory Days of the Dandy Warhols.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant April 28 2005
Format:Audio CD
One of the best albums of the last five years.
Put it on at a party and and you will see why. There is something for everyone on this disc and the grooves are infectious.
I just wish that the follow-up, "Welcome to the Monkeyhouse" was half as good - it's not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Telling Stories Feb. 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
One of the best and unfairly underrated rock albums of the last years, this third Dandy Warhols` release is worth multiple listens. Here, the band gets even more experimental and innovative, covering a wider range of styles, rehashing old elements and using them to create something new.
This is a rich and multi-layered record, presenting a strong set of songs that flow well into each other and, although all of them sound quite different, they make sense as a whole. The first three songs in particular are great and make an engaging intro into the album.
"Godless" is a terrific ballad, proving that lead singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor has indeed a great voice behind his cool, slacker and laid-back attitude. The use of trumpet generates some unusual and gourgeous moments, giving an excellent starting point to the album. "Mohammed" is an unique moment of ethereal beauty, a dreamy and addictive song, even if it seems too strange at first. "Nietzche" is another high number, sounding harsh and abrasive while delivering a compelling and melodic chorus. These three tracks are a terrific beginning to a surprising musical experience.
The band offers new perspectives to rock here, combining influences yet managing to create a particular and personal sound and perspective. The quirky "Country Leaver" and the mellow "Big Indian" recall some Beck moments, while "Solid" seems like a Lou Reed experience with britpop. The energetic and delightful "Get Off" has some Pixies` resemblances and "Cool Scene" could be from a cooler, gutsier Elliot Smith.
The Warhols really outdo themselves here, offering a tight album that never gets tiresome or repetitive, even if it may sound a bit weird and strange at first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Contribution to Rock and Roll Feb. 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
The professionals above can say it better than I, this CD is wonderful. Superior to The Strokes when looking at new unique directions in Rock and Roll. The sound for the most part is much more dynamic and sophisticated than Come Down, their earlier album. Absolutely my favorite of all of their albums. Check them out!
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By Mike S.
Format:Audio CD
I live in Portland and I've seen this band live on several occasions. They arn't a bad band as far as local band goes. They are worth the cover charge. Perhaps if the lead singer Courtney Taylor wasn't so egocentric and all hot and botherd over himself he could take his head out of his A** and propel the band beyond garage band status. However this is part of the bands charm. Kind of a (I'm too sexy for myself mantality) These guys are supposedly big in places like Ireland and the U.K. . I suppose by emulating the brit scene that would endear you to the U.K. . If you can't make it in the U.S. why not try the U.K.? It's seems to work for this band.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed. April 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was hoping to hear more songs such as "Bohemian Like You", but what I heard was amateurish, self-indulgent, [stuff]. It was a disappointment from yet another band that isn't quite out of the garage yet.
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By Donnie
Format:Audio CD
"Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia" is about as perfect of a rock record as you'll find anywhere. The Dandy Warhols have grown by leaps and bounds since "The Dandy Warhols Come Down". The songwriting is, for the most part very original, with the exception of the blatant Stones lift for the beginning of "Bohemian Like You". Courtney Taylor-Taylor and the rest of the band weave in and out of styles and sounds effortlessly which results in a very cohesive listen.
The cd opens up with "Godless" (which also borrows a little bit, this time from George Harrison) a stunning mid-tempo, acoustic driven piece, laced with trumpet for extra oomph. It's a wonderful way to start things off. The Dandy's followup with 2 instrumentals that fit perfectly in the mix and then the back porch twang of "Country Lever". Things shift into high gear with a triumvirate of catchy rockers that practically beg you to put on repeat. The final 5 tunes are a grab bag of styles ranging from cool loungers to mad rockers to gospel-flavored ballads. These tales tell a story that everyone should hear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunt dancing... Jan. 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
If for nothing else...
Get a bottle of JD in, roll a bifta, select Bohemian Like You and then watch your partner/girlfriend/wife/pet (delete where applicable) throw themselves at you from the other side of the room. Music as God intended and the reason why we have ears.
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