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The Dandy Warhols

Earth to the Dandy Warhols
Beat the World
(Two and half stars)

Christian Hoard Sep 09, 2008

Earth to the Dandy Warhols finds the Portland, Oregon, rockers seriously indulging their artier side for the second album in a row ”“ perhaps they’ve accepted that their commercial moment passed with the 2004 documentary Dig!, which followed them from obscurity to major-label success. Or maybe they still covet the weirdo genius accorded their buddies and Dig! co-stars, the Brian Jones-town Massacre. Whatever the case, this vaguely space-themed, quasi-psychedelic disc is a misstep: The melodies are buried in electric goo, and frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s sharp wit is tough to decipher under an assortment of buzzes and drones. Sometimes the band’s strong tune sense breaks through: On ”˜Love Song’ ”“ which features guitar work from Mark Knopfler and banjo from the Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell ”“ the Dandys turn out pretty jangle rock. But ”˜Welcome to the Third World,’ which mashes up airy keyboards, a disco-funk groove and Taylor-Taylor’s dragueur sing-speak, almost literally seems like two songs playing at the same time. Too often, Earth sounds like the Dandys have too many toys ”“ or maybe too many ideas.

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