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The Dandy Warhols’ fourth album arrives with a cover that melds Sticky Fingers and The Velvet Underground and Nico. One therefore assumes that leader Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s claim that predecessor Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia was "the last classic rock album" was a bit tongue-in-cheek. (Actually, one had assumed that already.) Reversing rock’s usual guitars-front-keyboards-as-filigree, Monkey House takes the Dandys into a challenging sphere while remaining undeniably organic sounding. The band and co-producers Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran and Tony Visconti (Low, Electric Warrior) have built elaborate but never stifling arrangements of these songs--check out the way guest Nile Rodgers’s rhythm guitar part subtly funks up the last minute of "Scientist," or how the group makes the pulsing "(You Come In) Burned" perhaps the best yet of its trademark trancelike album closers. Taylor-Taylor continues to display growing self-knowledge in his "words of comic wisdom": "I Am Sound" isn’t a declaration of aural omniscience, but a simple affirmation of OK-ness, while "The Last High" dissects the end of a high-style love affair. Miss this and miss one of the year’s finest rock & roll records. --Rickey Wright
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  • Audio CD (August 19, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0000AKX8G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Fucito on December 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of Britpop-sounding guitar bands (Radiohead, Blur, Suede, Stone Roses) then this American band is worth a listen for sure.
While more popular overseas than in their own country (perhaps from the use of so many of their songs in TV commercials), the Dandys do have a strong and loyal following stateside, and this particular album certainly has expanded their audience base. Perhaps the recent inclusion of "We Used To Be Friends" in an episode of Fox's new hit series "The OC" will continue to draw even more fans.
Welcome To The Monkey House is an experimental album, much like the last few Radiohead albums have been. The band's guitar riffs have become somewhat subdued, taking a back seat to the ever present electronic sounds courtesy in part to Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes, who produced the album. While some diehard fans frowned upon the band's direction with this album, it is a brilliant album spawning three equally great singles, "We Used To be Friends," "The Last High" and "Plan A"
After the short and mellow title track intro, "We Used To Be Friends" launches the album into an electronic groove guaranteed to leave you up for several nights trying to get the infectious "ah aha a ha... ah aha a ha..." or the high ranged "Come on now honey, bring it on, bring it on yeah...." out of your heads. Complete with the fabulous Daniel Ash-like vocal delivery by Courtney Taylor-Taylor, this is indeed a stand out track.
"Plan A" slows things down somewhat with a bit more guitar and Taylor-Taylor's wonderful falsetto "Oh there must be some kind of planet...." swirling throughout the song. A brilliant soundscape and one of my favorites on the CD.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Dandy Warhols have obviously taken a different direction with there music style and thats not a bad thing. Fans shouldn't expect another "13 Tales" or certainly not "Come Down" for that matter. What fans should expect is the unexpected with The Dandy Warhols. That's half the fun in buying the CD/listening to samples. You never know what Taylor-Taylor will say. His wittiness in lyrics and the collaborative efforts of Pete, Zia, Brent, and of course Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran are ambitious and simply fun.
1 & 2. Welcome to the Monkey House/ We Used to be Friends (8/10) The minute long intro with just Taylor-Taylor singing and accompanied by a fuzzy guitar isn't the best song around but it is an intro. 'We Used to be Friends' is really fun and catchy. It melds elecro-pop wonderfully.
3. Plan A (6/10) It's a pretty much steady song. Not much excitment but still solid enough to keep your attention.
4. The Dope (Wonderful You)(7/10) I've read that this one is not even listenable. I beg to differ. It's a great pop song with good beats and the addition of Taylor-Taylor's wavy vocals make it better.
5. Scientist (10/10) This is where the album really picks up and you forget about everything else you just heard (if you wern't satisfied with the previous). I love this song. It's so eighties. Yet it's so modern. It's really quirky and extremly catchy.
6. I am Over It (9/10) Taylor Taylor's drowning vocals are pitch perfect. The guitar is used very well and good sound effects :) and as always catchy catchy.
7. The Dany Warhols Love Almost Everyone (10/10) Very poppy and energetic! I love it! The only thing I wish is that it were longer! It's about 2 minutes.
8. Insincere (7/10) Aww. Yes. Now it's time to calm down.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Farrell on September 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought Thirteen Tales a couple of years back with fairly low expectations. In fact I bought even after hearing a couple of people trash it outright. I thought Not if You Were The Last Junkie on Earth was so cool when it came out, but the CD, aside from Minnersota, which I LOVED, was so-so, not bad, just not great. I just loved Thirteen Tales and I'm here to tell you I going against a couple of other reviewers who didn't like this CD. I think it rules. These guys march to their own drummer and there's nothing better in what passes for "rock" these days, alternative or otherwise. I have had The Postal Service, Welcome to The Monkey House, and Interpol in my CD player for a week straight. That's saying a ton because I own 3000 CDs. I really like this band. I live in Boston and if I didn't already have a ticket to The Red Hot Chili Peppers/Queens of The Stone Age concert tomorrow night I'd be going to see these guys. There isn't a bad cut on this CD, throwaway or otherwise. If you liked Thirteen Tales you will like this too, trust me. This band is very cool.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bart King on August 20, 2006
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As a Dandy Warhol newcomer, I was pleased to find that MONKEY HOUSE displayed none of the weaknesses of ODDITORIUM. In fact, some of this CD's strongest tracks suggest the mid-1970s work of David Bowie. And that's a very good thing, as it means there are bona-fide quality songs here. (BTW, Bowie apparently asked the group to open for one of his tours in 2003, the year this project came out. Coincidence?)

This album is a tribute to a Kurt Vonnegut short story collection, but one needn't be familiar with that author to recognize how excellent some of the pop herein is. It's laid-back, catchy, and sometimes stupidly goofy, as with the song "I Am a Scientist." ("I am a scientist... I try to live on science alone..." [repeat many times]).

Don't get me wrong; this isn't a perfect album; in fact, only five of its songs are good, but those five are very, VERY good indeed. (For the record, they are "We Used to Be Friends," the afore-mentioned science song, "The Dandy Warhols Love Almost Everyone," "The Last High," and "I Am Sound.")
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