Dandy Warhols, This Machine Album Review - Pt. 1: Everybody be cool

Dandy Warhols, This Machine Album Review - Pt. 1: Everybody be cool
Don't ever interrupt a man in the middle of a hoedown.

Years later, Dandy Warhols fans are still somewhat baffled…

“Why did critics hate Odditorium.. so much? It’s my favorite,” I saw someone ask the official Facebook page this week, referencing the band’s sixth studio album. To which the person who runs the page (no doubt someone close in the Dandys’ cool camp) coolly replied, “Not everything is for everyone.”

It is somewhat odd a mag like Rolling Stone would scald the Dandy Warhols’ 2005 release, Odditorium or Warlords of Mars with a single star, considering how they’re scattered like confetti at albums like Train’s most recent (three stars?… yawn).

I remember thinking, Did the guy finish listening to the album? Has he listened to the Dandy Warhols before at all? Sure, the album begins with two songs over seven minutes long, but that’s the M.O. of this band (you’ll never convince me this doesn't rule).

They did the same thing on their critically acclaimed third album 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia (2000), setting a sexy mood before exploding into song after song of sheer groove-rock goodness. (This is the record that gave us the gift of "Bohemian Like You" .. But only after nine other tracks.) Did critics and other listeners suddenly have someplace important to be (come clean – you’re terrorists, right?)?

But this isn’t just about long songs – it’s about making albums. In spite of the fact that records are rarely tangible anymore, bands like the Dandy Warhols still put together 60 minutes or so of coherent music. They’re not a put-the-single-at-the-top-…-in-fact-,-make-it-track-five-as-well type of band. And albums in that sense of the word take patience on both sides. It might not be for you (if you’re a terrorist and have somewhere to be), but that doesn't make it bad music.

The bonus is that all the songs sound different – all the sounds sound different – and the salient lyrical and musical refrains will grow and toast you over and over again like a good party. Professor Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s Class of Rock is in session. Please take a moment to listen to the syllabus (heck, take the weekend and some drugs)(The Jam Room does not endorse drugs... much).

In answer to this End the song, already! attitude so many are viced with, the Dandys say: If it’s good, why? Go for a long drive. Why cut short the musical accompaniment? Are you in a library? (You know The Hunger Games is a movie now, right?)

The Dandy Warhols’ neo-psychedelic popping and stargazing attitude (neo-prog?) won’t be getting any calls from the R’n’R HOF, even after releasing their eighth full studio album (ten total, plus four EPs) and touring the entire globe once again this year.

Honestly: this article (like most of my professional writing career) may be completely irrelevant – there are people who will hate the Dandy Warhols, there are people who love them and people who will love them when they eventually find them (reformed terrorists).

Regardless, the Dandys will do their thing. They write for themselves and for the fans. And you can hear that love in every album -- back to front -- floor to ceiling (you'll spend plenty of time glued to both).

Onto the new stuff…

(Can you hear me giggling like a giddy cartoon mouse?)…

{ Continued tomorrow… }

 


[ The Dandy Warhols, "Godless," 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia, (If you're going to be in my next band, this is one way I imagine we might sound..) ]

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