Release Date: Jul 14, 2009
Record label: Beat The World
Genre(s): Rock, Pop, Alternative
This helps to bring the songs closer to the rootsier, dirtier, and somewhat dubby approach of their previous albums, although it's hardly comparable to the gloriously noisy dronefests of their first two -- even if shifting "(You Come In) Burned" up, to open the album with a slow-building epic, is a nice nod to Dandys tradition. But yes, in a word, Elavedo's version is less poppy, even if in some ways it actually feels cleaner and more direct, since fewer layers of sound allow the songs to stand more fully on their own merits. (This is particularly true of easily overlooked numbers like "Heavenly" and "Rock Bottom," though it's not always necessarily to their benefit.
The Dandy Warhols have never made it easy to approach their act as anything much more than cleverly stupid, vacant and insincere rock‘n'rollers. Songs beg, borrow and steal from superior artists. Finger-pointing at the druggie hipster youth culture the band so fully exemplifies, without a hint of self-consciousness, doesn’t do them any favors; their shameless pursuit of fame is enough to make reality show contestants blush.
Here’s another story about an album that a big label accepted and then promptly delivered to the cosmetic surgery department, only to be reincarnated years later in its original form (entitled The Dandy Warhols Are Sound). The Dandy Warhols’ tepidly received 2003 release Welcome to the Monkey House was co-produced with Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, and then delivered to Russell Alvedo (the Roots, D’Angelo) for mixing. However, Capitol Records wasn’t pleased with the mix, so they handed it over to British pop mixer Peter Wheatley (Sugababes, etc.).