13 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

"The Dandy Warhols Are Sound is comparable to a director’s cut version of a previously released film. In this case, the “movie” was first titled Welcome to the Monkey House, an ambitious if flawed work mixed by U.K. pop maven Peter Wheatley. Displeased with the results, the Dandys went back to the album’s original mixes, handled by New York hip-hop ace Russell Elavedo. In this form the tracks are crisper and more direct, trading day-glo colors for cooler underground tones. The overall vibe is akin to David Bowie’s late-‘70s Berlin phase, dominated by slinky metallic beats and svelte keyboard lines. Songs like “The Last High”, “Scientist” and “We Used to Be Friends” gain a teasing intimacy by allowing singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor more breathing room. If Monkey House highlighted the Dandy’s fascination with ‘80s synth-pop, the version of “Burned” included here points out their debt to the Velvet Underground. The newly released “Pete Int’l Spaceport” provides a woozy coda to the proceedings. If you like your hipster sounds dark and direct, this is the ""cut"" to buy."

EDITORS’ NOTES

"The Dandy Warhols Are Sound is comparable to a director’s cut version of a previously released film. In this case, the “movie” was first titled Welcome to the Monkey House, an ambitious if flawed work mixed by U.K. pop maven Peter Wheatley. Displeased with the results, the Dandys went back to the album’s original mixes, handled by New York hip-hop ace Russell Elavedo. In this form the tracks are crisper and more direct, trading day-glo colors for cooler underground tones. The overall vibe is akin to David Bowie’s late-‘70s Berlin phase, dominated by slinky metallic beats and svelte keyboard lines. Songs like “The Last High”, “Scientist” and “We Used to Be Friends” gain a teasing intimacy by allowing singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor more breathing room. If Monkey House highlighted the Dandy’s fascination with ‘80s synth-pop, the version of “Burned” included here points out their debt to the Velvet Underground. The newly released “Pete Int’l Spaceport” provides a woozy coda to the proceedings. If you like your hipster sounds dark and direct, this is the ""cut"" to buy."

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