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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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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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I thoroughly enjoyed Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia back in 2000 so I felt it was time to check back in with the Dandy Warhols. I didn't find this one nearly as engaging but I do recommend giving "Sad Vacation", "Rest Your Head" and "Seti vs. Wow! Signal" a listen. I found the single "Well They're Gone" to be the weakest song on the album so it seems like this album is mostly a misfire, even in terms of how it was promoted.
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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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"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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