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Welcome To The Monkey House [Enhanced]

Dandy Warhols Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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1. Welcome To The Monkey House
2. We Used To Be Friends
3. Plan A
4. Wonderful You
5. Scientist
6. I Am Over It
7. The Dandy Warhols Love Almost Everyone
8. Insincere
9. The Last High
10. Heavenly
11. I Am Sound
12. Rock Bottom
13. (You Come In) Burned

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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-Taylor’s 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 rock’s 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 Rodgers’s 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" isn’t 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 year’s finest rock & roll records. --Rickey Wright

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5.0 out of 5 stars it's different and it's good! July 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard "We Used to be Friends" I wondered what had happened to my favourite band. But after listening to the entire album a couple of times I can say, without a doubt, that this is the best Dandy's album yet. Tracks that have been put down by critics (I am Sound, Hit Rock Bottom, Heavenly, I am a Scientist) have turned into my favourites. The album is great from start to finish, those who take the time to give it a chance will agree. I loved 13 Tales and thought they would never surpass it's greatness, but I believe that they have with Welcome to the Monkey House. Courtney Taylor-Taylor is brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dandies Crank Up Keyboards, OK? July 6 2003
By Dave
Format:Audio CD
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I want my $17 back June 16 2004
By nico03
Format:Audio CD
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 "Bohemian Like You") I was hooked on the addictive sound of the group. So I took a chance and decided to buy the new album instead of 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia. BAD choice. "Welcome to the Monkeyhouse" sounds like the Warhols were forced back to the 80's and aren't very happy about it. The sound here isn't trippy, it's just narcotizing. It pretty much put me to sleep behind the wheel. The CD captured all of the annoying synth sounds of the era and none of the power. As one reviewer noted, if I had wanted to listen to some new wave, I would have bought the real thing, not a tired tribute.
Some reviewers seem to think this CD has merit becuase it's "experimental"-- well, that's fine, but I wish the experiment came with a cash back guarantee.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Better off playing Slabtown. June 10 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Believing their own hype the Dandy's have quickly descended from an innovative bunch of rockers to hey we're BOWIE. Wrong! This album sounds like it was made with an ancient synth and a microphone. The Last High is OK but one song an album does not make. One more like this an these folks will be back at Slabtown wondering where it all went wrong.
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3.0 out of 5 stars And the Winner of My Album Rules is? June 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
We Used to Be Friends is a sensational song which has become huge since it was used as the reality television theme song for My Restaurant Rules. If you bought the edition of this album with the bonus DVD you'll also get to watch the music film clip for that song along with the music videos for the sensational Bohemian Like You as well as the songs Get Off and Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth. The bonus DVD is worth buying this album for alone.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Newly Addicting May 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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 class and I immediately fell in love. It was just catchy and innovative. I ran out and bought "Welcome to the Monkey House" right after class and it never left my CD player for almost 2 weeks!
This band is unlike anything I have ever heard before, and I am a HUGE music fan. I don't know how this band ever stayed out of my listening range for so long, but I'm glad I've discovered them. Every song on this CD is unique and amazing, and that seems to be kind of a difficult thing to accomplish for some musicians, but the Dandy Warhols have achieved it with flying colors! They have quickly became my favorite band, hands down. As far as I'm concerned, there's a song on this album for everybody. For anyone that has any type of music appreciation whatsoever, you will like this album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
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 more
Published on April 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
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 more
Published on April 28 2004 by Brandon L. Rush
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever is as Clever does
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 more
Published on April 5 2004 by Tankery
5.0 out of 5 stars A dandy good time!
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 more
Published on March 10 2004 by Engel4Life
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
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 more
Published on March 10 2004 by M. D. Liddell
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Sad...
I've really liked the Warhols, and listened to every recording faithfully since their first. This album is unlike their others, but is that, in itself, a good thing? Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by PiratePrentice
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange But Good
After hearing the opening track I was really looking forward to seeing what would come after it (mind you this is the first time I had heard this group) and when We Used To Be... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2004 by Vince401
5.0 out of 5 stars A new side of the Warhols
This album, although it has all of the pop sensabilites that Taylor-Taylor demonstrated on their previous albums, seems to be a bit of a departure from their previous work. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003 by Mason Laderer
5.0 out of 5 stars Energetic and inspired -your personal salvation?
Wild reckless abandon comes in several flavors -Monkey House is the fun, energetic, individual flavor. There are those who may label this band as commercial. Read more
Published on Dec 21 2003 by David O. Shantz
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