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|1. Welcome To The Monkey House|
|2. We Used To Be Friends|
|3. Plan A|
|4. Wonderful You|
|6. I Am Over It|
|7. The Dandy Warhols Love Almost Everyone|
|9. The Last High|
|11. I Am Sound|
|12. Rock Bottom|
|13. (You Come In) Burned|
The Dandy Warhols fourth album arrives with a cover that melds Sticky Fingers and The Velvet Underground and Nico. One therefore assumes that leader Courtney Taylor-Taylors claim that predecessor Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia was "the last classic rock album" was a bit tongue-in-cheek. (Actually, one had assumed that already.) Reversing rocks usual guitars-front-keyboards-as-filigree, Monkey House takes the Dandys into a challenging sphere while remaining undeniably organic sounding. The band and co-producers Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran and Tony Visconti (Low, Electric Warrior) have built elaborate but never stifling arrangements of these songs--check out the way guest Nile Rodgerss rhythm guitar part subtly funks up the last minute of "Scientist," or how the group makes the pulsing "(You Come In) Burned" perhaps the best yet of its trademark trancelike album closers. Taylor-Taylor continues to display growing self-knowledge in his "words of comic wisdom": "I Am Sound" isnt a declaration of aural omniscience, but a simple affirmation of OK-ness, while "The Last High" dissects the end of a high-style love affair. Miss this and miss one of the years finest rock & roll records. --Rickey Wright
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Against all odds, they manage to pull it off well. This album sounds a lot better than Wonderland and anything Duran-Duran has ever put out (although it won't sell anything like Duran Duran at their peak, you can be sure of that). It sounds retro and fresh all at once and is very catchy. A lot of these songs would go down well at a party. Songs like "We Used To Be Friends" and the T-Rex inspired "Hit Rock Bottom" still manage to rock out a bit and poppy tunes like "Plan A" and "The Dandy Warhols Love Almost Everyone" are undeniably catchy. Other songs like "I Am A Scientist" sound a bit too much like 80s tunes that that don't need to be revisited.
What has made the Dandies great, in my opinion, has been the guitar. The guitar is still here on a smaller scale but I miss the cool riffs of "Ride", "Boys Better", "Nietzsche", etc. They've gone in a softer direction by toning the guitars down, sounding more funky, and singing a lot of falsetto. They do it well, but I say bring back some of the bombast.
If the version you are buying does not contain the bonus DVD then shop around and see if you can get it but if you can't then you'll still get the best Dandy Warhols album on the market. On past albums the other non released tracks have been made up of mostly hastily written poorly performed fillers but not so on Welcome to the Monkey House. Although nothing is up their in the masterpiece quality of We Used to be Friends, the other tracks have had effort put into them this time round. Songs with clearly understandable voices which aren't just the intro stretched for three to five minutes are on this album. Congratulations guys you've finally worked out what we the fans want.
More than any other record to come from the Warhols, this emerges as a single piece as opposed to songs thrown on an album. Thirteen Tales seemed to be headed in this direction, but with Welcom they have perfected it. It's difficult to really poin out any album-defining songs, but there certainly are melodies throughout the album which seem to showcase Taylor-Taylor's ability to present a pop-friendly hook and write thoughtful lyrics that don't make it cliche or boring. I Am Sound is the perfect example as it seems oddly familiar in sound, but with the lyrics it proves itself to be one of the best songs on the album.
Something that cannot be excluded from the review of the CD ar the extras - a short and ironic film by Taylor-Taylor which showcases among others Scott Weiland. Funny and depressing. The CD al;so comes with a pass to the on-line Odditorium, whic presents a series of Warhol outtakes, sort films and other fun stuff to surf through.
For any Warhol fan this album is a must. If you haven't heard them yet, try out Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia first - if you like that, you'll love this.
While more popular overseas than in their own country (perhaps from the use of so many of their songs in TV commercials), the Dandys do have a strong and loyal following stateside, and this particular album certainly has expanded their audience base. Perhaps the recent inclusion of "We Used To Be Friends" in an episode of Fox's new hit series "The OC" will continue to draw even more fans.
Welcome To The Monkey House is an experimental album, much like the last few Radiohead albums have been. The band's guitar riffs have become somewhat subdued, taking a back seat to the ever present electronic sounds courtesy in part to Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes, who produced the album. While some diehard fans frowned upon the band's direction with this album, it is a brilliant album spawning three equally great singles, "We Used To be Friends," "The Last High" and "Plan A"
After the short and mellow title track intro, "We Used To Be Friends" launches the album into an electronic groove guaranteed to leave you up for several nights trying to get the infectious "ah aha a ha... ah aha a ha..." or the high ranged "Come on now honey, bring it on, bring it on yeah...." out of your heads. Complete with the fabulous Daniel Ash-like vocal delivery by Courtney Taylor-Taylor, this is indeed a stand out track.
"Plan A" slows things down somewhat with a bit more guitar and Taylor-Taylor's wonderful falsetto "Oh there must be some kind of planet...." swirling throughout the song. A brilliant soundscape and one of my favorites on the CD.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
A Great CD, love the song we used to be friends. CD arrived early. Would recommend this to others. No scratches or issues with discPublished 19 months ago by Ebbie
After hearing a few of the awesomely catchy songs by the Dandy Warhols ("Boys Better," "Cool Scene," "Not if You Were the Last Junkie and Earth," and... Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by nico03
Believing their own hype the Dandy's have quickly descended from an innovative bunch of rockers to hey we're BOWIE. Wrong! Read morePublished on June 10 2004
Before early this year, I had never even heard of the Dandy Warhols. That is, it wasn't until my Psychology professor played "We Used To Be Friends" on the first day of... Read morePublished on May 8 2004
I really do not see what everyone is bitching about- this album does not contain one bad song. Which is light years above what I can say for most albums I have heard, even the... Read morePublished on April 28 2004
Dandy Warhols have done it again...(and I realize I'm almost a year late on this review). "Welcome to the Monkeyhouse" is a funny, clever and musically flawless record. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by Brandon L. Rush
I didn't like this album at first. It seemed overly derivative and clever with "The Scientist" and its echo of that annoying Blinded me with Science... Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Tankery
Ok. There seems to be a large group of people who are not completely giddy over the fact that the Warhols have advanced to the next level in musical composition. Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by Engel4Life
I liked it. I read from other reviewers that this is a radically different cd as compared to their earlier work, but standing alone, I think many bands would hope to aspire to... Read morePublished on March 9 2004 by M. D. Liddell