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  • Audio CD (Oct. 14 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000AKX8G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 80 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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Import edition of the Portland based alternative rock act's fourth album (U.S. scheduled for 8/05/03). 13 tracks including the first single, 'We Used To Be Friends'. Includes exclusive access to The Odditorium - the band's secret website. Capitol. 2003.


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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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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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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Format: Audio CD
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. The band takes on a much more electronic feel to its music as opposed to being a bouncy, single-laden, guitar based album.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of Britpop-sounding guitar bands (Radiohead, Blur, Suede, Stone Roses) then this American band is worth a listen for sure.
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.
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