This Machine

January 1, 2014 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Label: The End Records
  • Copyright: 2012 The End Records
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  • Total Length: 43:13
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  • ASIN: B00H7VM65M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,528 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Great Music at a Great Value.
James
And don't dismiss "This Machine" if you didn't like it the first time; it's one of those albums that grows on you after a few listens.
Kirk A. Gauthier
I don't think it is bad or even sub par, but there does not seem to be any one tune that grabs me.
Mike Wrbelis

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Robert Gary Valiant on April 25, 2012
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I really like this record! I'm an old guy (actually a year older than Mr. Taylor-Taylor, so that makes me REALLY old) so you have to take that into account. I don't find the songs particularly grungy or gothy - two labels I've seen floating around - and I lived both those scenes, so I should know. The songs are eclectic, like all of the previous records, and there are some really great tracks - some of the best DW tracks ever! I can't see how anyone would like all of the songs (I don't), but I think fans will find much more here to enjoy than to dismiss. This record holds up to the best of the DWs. Highly recommended!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 20, 2012
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Post-greatest hits life is a strange spot for any band, and the Dandy Warhols seemed to have fought back against obscurity with a whimper and a shrug. The album's 11 tracks rarely come close to any kind of sweet pop-nugget that would have been featured on any the band's first three albums. Instead, we've been left with a handful of nice moments, but largely, the album is forgettable. The instrumental track "Alternative Power to the People" lacks any memorable mood or instrumentation, the cover of "16 Tons" sounds like an afterthought created after the rest of the album was written, "Don't Shoot She Cried" sounds like a self-indulgent exercise. Other tracks aren't bad, but they never seem to capitalize on their promise: "Well They're Gone" has nice moments, but the lack of any differentiation or dynamics (along with low-hanging lyrics) squander the opportunity. "SETI vs the Wow! Signal" feels like a B-side from ODDITORIUM, and the braindead lyrics nearly ruin some nice melodic moments. "Enjoy Yourself" sounds like it was written to be a radio single, but questionable choices in production and delivery lets the song lose any chance at crossing over to other audiences. Unfortunately, none of the songs released on THIS MACHINE would really have deserved a place on their greatest hits. None of these songs feel like they received the same delicate attention that "Godless" did, the hooks that "We Used to be Friends" has, or the fun felt in "Boys Better".

I don't want to bash this album completely though, because it's not terrible. It's just forgettable. It's definitely more consistent than ODDITORIUM, and it has some songs that should outlive this album. The closer, "Slide", for example comes pretty close to being a great song.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By chris on November 10, 2012
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The Dandy Warhols seldom do the same thing twice. Each album is unique & morphs their sound into something different ( but , always reconizable as the Dandys ). This release just packs that philosophy into 1 album. It's varied , interesting & fun. The mix of styles is not a distraction , but , a pleasure. The trademark lyrical wit is here as always. The Woody Guthrie referance is cheeky & not something you would necessarily associate w/ the Dandys. I like it more w/ each listen.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kirk A. Gauthier on June 29, 2012
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With that said, I'd like to open this review with the following statement: I've pretty much been a die-hard Dandy Warhols fan since 2003 when they released "Welcome to the Monkey House." I have all their albums and a good chunk of their singles. To say they're one of my all-time favorite bands would not be an understatement; these guys rock, and they rock pretty freakin' hard. In my opinion, they're the Rolling Stones/Doors/Pink Floyd (Syd Barrett-era, anyway) of the 21st Century, all rolled up with a '90s attitude!

The reason I titled this review the way I did is because that's how I feel about this record. I love all their previous albums--especially "Earth to the Dandy Warhols"--but this record was lacking that fuzzed-out, spacy, psychedelic '60s pop feel for which the band's so well known. Read as many reviews of this album as you'd like, and they'll all pretty much say the same thing: this record is far more stripped-down than any of their previous albums. Quite true, and it's a palpable difference. Maybe it's because each individual member of the band has his/her own side band, each of which plays a rather different style of music than that of the Dandys. Maybe it's because Courtney Taylor-Taylor, the consummate rock star, has mellowed out a bit with age. Maybe it's something else altogether, I don't know. Whatever it is, the band definitely sounds different on this record.

Long-time fans will still enjoy the record, though. Some of the stand-out tracks for me are "Enjoy Yourself," "Alternative Power to the People," "Rest Your Head," and "I Am Free." These feel the most like "classic" Dandys tracks while the rest feels like the band is looking for a new sound or is simply trying out something a little different.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brandon J. Smith VINE VOICE on April 25, 2012
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"I Am Free" stands out as the big highlight for me, but on This Machine, The Dandy Warhols have finally delivered another album that is rock solid from start to finish. I liked their last couple albums well enough, but Odditorium and Earth to the Dandy Warhols were sloppy, to say the least. They both had some great songs, but listening from start to finish could be a bit draining. That's not the case this time out: It's not as electro-slick as Welcome to the Monkey House, but it's not as rootsy as Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia either. It's somewhere in between those two albums, perhaps closest to my favorite, Come Down. That's a good thing: Though it's clearly a Dandy Warhols album through and through, it's definitely not a repeat of their earlier albums.

There are things that Courtney Taylor and company do better than any other band around, and this has been so since the late 90s: extraordinary harmonies and great rock and roll grooves. They find sonic spaces, get you in their grip, and hold you there for as long as they want. This is not easy to do. They create textures while other bands may simply drone on and on. Despite often being labeled "ironic," I've always felt a great deal of emotion in the Dandy Warhols' music, and this is perhaps best represented on This Machine.

I think longtime fans will not be disappointed. Newcomers, this is definitely worth checking out. If you like it, there are plenty more great albums by this band, too. This is a band well worth your while to get into.
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