Earth to the Dandy Warhols
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US pressing of the 2008 album from Portland, Oregon's favorite sons (and daughter). Earth To The Dandy Warhols delivers to those diehards - and a whole new era of Dandy-ites, a nostalgic fistful of the sounds, images and charged feelings that first turned us on to them - the sex, the swagger and the innate knack for stunning hits. Not to mention myriad new avenues of sonic wonder. This record perfectly surmises the Warhols career to date and is surely going to blow your mind. Highlights include the opening track 'The World The People Together', which the band gave away as a free download on their website, and `Love Song' which features guest appearances from Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell. 13 tracks.
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Their last album, "Odditorium," was a truly bizarre mess. At first, I found it very off-putting, but it grew on me over time, mostly because of the Dandy Warhols' impeccable sense of rhythm and harmonies. "Earth to the Dandy Warhols" is another ecclectic weird-out, jumping from genre to genre, the only real connection between the songs being the unique flavor of the Dandy's sound and the layered, dense production.
I can really see why someone new to the Dandy Warhols would have a hard time "getting" this cd or liking it very much. I'm not sure I would quite understand what it was all about if I hadn't spent so much time with their other albums. For newcomers, I strongly suggest checking out their previous cds before jumping into this one. "The Dandy Warhols Come Down," "Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia," and "Welcome to the Monkey House" are all more consistent than this album. But once you've checked those out, I'm sure you'll find plenty to love on "Earth to the Dandy Warhols" as well (even if you find yourself skipping the final song, "Musee D'Nougat" more often than not).
After spending some serious headphone time with this, I'd say it feels like a cross between "Odditorium" and "Monkey House." It's got the sprawling, loose feel of "Odditorium," but it's sleek and punctuated by electronics like "Welcome to the Monkey House." Like all Dandy Warhols albums, though, it's decadent, chock-full of grooves, and gorgeous.
The Dandy's keep getting better and more expansive with each album and the sheer energy of this album eclipses anything they've ever done.
I'm going to see them at the Vic with Darker My Love and The UpsideDown!
See your there!
(Also, there is a 13th song that is an elongated quiet drone that is added purely to be listened to if the previous 12 songs were accompanied by some fashionable drug of your choice... As usual, they have to put the Warhol into their name with some throwaway, misdirection that distracts from the cohesion of the whole album and this one does. Oh well, They wouldn't be Dandy without Warhol..)
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