|4. Country Leaver|
|6. Horse Pills|
|7. Get Off|
|9. Cool Scene|
|10. Bohemian Like You|
|12. Big Indian|
|13. The Gospel|
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Like many, I had not heard of the Dandy Warhols before hearing the Rolling Stones inspired "Bohemian Like You". Read more
From the horn hook through the horse pills past the Stones inspired Bohemian to the end of the gospel journey, this recording pleases me... Read more