Release Date: Sep 13, 2005
Record label: Capitol
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
One of the subtexts of Ondi Timoner's hilarious film Dig! was how the Dandy Warhols seem to knock out great music as easily as getting out of bed. Their fifth album further expands their palette of effortless cool. The weird bits (Easy, Love Is the New Feel Awful, complete with extended saxophone coda) are more experimental. The mainstream songs (Smoke It, Down Like Disco) are poppier.
Although Dig! covered the symbiotic, love-hate relationship between the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre more than thoroughly enough, more proof that the Dandies still want to be taken as seriously as the Massacre's misunderstood genius Anton Newcombe arrives with Odditorium or Warlords of Mars, an album that's half-inspired, half-embarrassing, and completely self-indulgent. As if the title weren't enough warning, Odditorium's opening track, "Colder Than the Coldest Winter Was Cold" -- in which A&E announcer/journalist Bill Kurtis explains how the Dandy Warhols invented rock & roll "after the great war" -- gets things off to a strange start. Unfortunately, in this case strange doesn't mean interesting or good.