Before you even listen to this album, there are a lot of red flags. The Dandy Warhols decide to move away from their distinctive guitar oriented sound in favor of synths. They hire the guy behind regrettable songs like "Union of the Snake", "The Reflex" and "Wild Boys" to twist the knobs. Like the Charlatans mediocre "Wonderland" album they're suddenly going to sing a lot of falsetto on some retro funky sounding tunes.
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.