Under Review: The Dandy Warhols – …Earth To The Dandy Warhols…

Okay, I get it; the CD is dead, long live the digital download. It seems that there’s a new variation on the theme with each band that joins the ‘give it away’ club. In the case of The Dandy Warhols, they didn’t give it away to just anyone. Sharing its name with a song from an earlier self-released album, …Earth To The Dandy Warhols… was offered to members of the band’s online fan club just over three months before its physical release date. The unorthodox release isn’t the only thing that makes this album different from the Dandys’ past efforts. Earth provides a look into the eclectic mind of leader Courtney Taylor-Taylor, with noisy disco (“Welcome To The Third World”), bubblegum pop (“Valerie Yum”) and classic Dandys psychedelia (“Mission Control,” “Wasp In The Lotus”) being some of the album’s more accessible turns. The real oddities are songs like “Mis Amigos,” a Spanish-inflected ode to the band’s favorite vices, and the head-scratchingly fun “The Legend Of The Last Of The Outlaw Truckers AKA The Ballad Of Sheriff Shorty,” which is over the top, even for the Dandys. All is not so baffling on Earth, with lead track “The World The People Together (Come On)” bringing in some Go! Team-style chants and the very lovely “Love Song” bringing some highbrow guitarists (namely Mark Knopfler and Mike Campbell) into the dense mix. Though I’m not sure anyone (fan club member or otherwise) is ready for the 14-minute closer “Musee D’Nougat,” it does offer some delectable background on the fluffy confection. …Earth To The Dandy Warhols… won’t be bringing in the scores of new fans like Thirteen Tales Of Urban Bohemia did, but it is a treat for the band’s established (and very patient) fanbase.

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~ by E. on August 25, 2008.

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