Though they still tend towards pastiche, the Dandy Warhols' third full-length, Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia, presents a bakers' dozen of their most focused and cohesive songs. Where their earlier albums were eclectic to the point of being scattershot, this release manages to limit the band's style-switching to dreamy, sweeping epics like "Godless" and "Nietzsche," sussed, sleazy power pop like "Horse Pills" and "Cool Scene," and country and gospel ventures like "Country Leaver" and "The Gospel." The group's increasingly strong songwriting makes most of these experiments successful and distinctive, though the Dandys fall into their old habit of appropriating sounds they like wholesale with "Shakin'," a "tribute" to Elastica's uptight yet sexy riffs and rhythms. Not surprisingly, the most successful songs on Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia are the least derivative ones, such as anxious pop songs like "Solid," "Get Off," and the delicate, lovelorn ballad "Sleep." On those tracks, as well as the satirical single "Bohemian Like You" -- this year's model of their hit "Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth" -- the Dandys reveal themselves as a savvy pop band with a voice of their own. Though they're not all the way there yet, Tales From Urban Bohemia is a worthwhile step in their developing creativity.
Performance CreditsDandy Warhols Primary Artist
Phil Baker Upright Bass
Eric Matthews Trumpet
Anton Newcombe Strings,Tremolo
Zia McCabe Bass,Keyboards
Technical CreditsSteven Birch Layout Concept
Dave Sardy Producer
D. Sardy Producer
Gregg Williams Producer
Courtney Taylor-Taylor Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For those who are searching for true outstanding music this is probably your cup of tea. The album is full of excellent tunes and it makes us remember the sound of Velvet Underground in the 90´s. Dig in to it!
I listened to their song '' Get Off '' .. It was a very wonderful sondg ,, & the album it self was good .. but ( Get Off ) is the best song ... it was so special .. Despite the very good album, I rated it only 2 .. it was only for Get Off .. because they went into a certain & specific relegious issue .. they shouldn't do that .. am not satisfied because they abused a certain religion .. & I don't mean the song ( godless ) .. because it wasn't for a certain one .. any way , .. they should consider that by this , they could lose million of fans .. bye4now
The Dandies are real good. A must for your music library. A perfect rock band. New movie/documentary "DIG" about them due out in October.. check it out !
There is no word to describe the Warhols.They astound me. Every track of this album is great.Their style is like no one else you have ever heard before- I swear you'll fall in love with thier sound instantly.
This is very good stuff, amazing construction full of irony and fun. These guys (and girl) are intellects although they seem to like to communcate a beer swizzeling 'bohemian' personality. Get this cd.