“The Dandy Warhols Are Sound” – The Dandy Warhols

This isn’t really a new album, but it is an album that has finally seen a release and what it proves is that some bands are controlled by the record companies that sign them. The Dandy Warhols’ most successful album was ‘Welcome To Monkey House’, this was their first try and according to them, Capitol “remixed the record on their own to create Welcome To The Monkey House”. 7 years after ‘The Dandy Warhols Are Sound’ was first created it finally sees the light of day and proves to be an insight into the aims and concepts first thought by the band.

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The Dandy Warhols - "The Dandy Warhols Are Sound"

The Dandy Warhols - "The Dandy Warhols Are Sound"

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As you can see by the cover, this release is a hit at Capitol and shows that the band are doing what they want to do, not what their “boss’s” want. As you probably already know, ‘WTMH’ was a change in the bands usual style and saw the experimentation in an electronic style of music. ‘The Dandy Warhols Are Sound’ is interesting because it uses an electronic sound to a larger extent, and definitely proves that the band was trying to embrace this new sound and really let themselves go.

The album starts with “Burned”, which was the final track on ‘WTMH’. It’s a fairly long song that’s based around a bass riff. It sets the album off at a slow pace but was placed at the start seemingly for a build up into the album, which I must admit doesn’t work as well as the title track on ‘WTMH’.

‘We Used To Be Friends’ was probably the most popular song on the album, it was basically a pop song and made The Dandy Warhols into somewhat of a household name. This version is slowed down and uses a synth as the main instrumental track. The chorus’ are also changed and makes the song sound a lot more psychedlic and spacey. Again, if you’re looking for a song that’s better than the original, you’re not going to get it, you really have to look at and approach these songs by listenign for what the band were aiming for style wise and genre wise.

‘Heavenly’ was one of my favourite track on the “original album”, and this original mix didn’t disappoint me. It’s more of an acoustic affair that’s in my opinion more diverse than the track on the “original” album. It doesn’t explode like the other mix does and for that I kind of accepted that the album was not going to be as enjoyable as ‘WTMH’. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a really enjoyable mix of the album, but it just doesn’t hit as many spots as the Capitol mix did.

I wouldn’t recommend the album unless you’ve listened to ‘WTMH’ and if you haven’t then you should probably stay away. It’s not a great album (unlike ‘WTMH’) and is more of an insight into the band other than anything.

So I’ll probably have to give it a 6.5/10, keeping in mind that ‘Welcome To Monkey House’ was one of my favourite albums to date.

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~ by Michael Hodder on July 1, 2009.

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