The Dandy Warhols
Welcome To The Monkey House


4.0
excellent

Review

by sgrevs USER (4 Reviews)
November 30th, 2005 | 12 replies | 4,794 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

The Dandy Warhols are an outfit mainly known for their taking part in the 2004 documentary 'Dig!' with their good friends The Brian Jonestown Massacre. However, they have been around since the mid 90's, and have released a handful of quality albums. This one, "Welcom To The Monkey House", was their fourth studio release, proceeding "Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia", widely condidered their best effort, and preceeding their newly released "Odditorium and Warlords of Mars". This album is more electronically based than any of their previous albums, and it shows an enormous change in the music. A synthesiser was chosen in favour of the bass by Zia, and there is much less guitar present on the tracks.

The album opens with only Courtney Taylor-Taylor and a guitar, and some extremely odd lyrics.

"When Micheal Jackson dies,
we're covering blackbird.
And won't it be absurd when,
no one knows what song they just heard.
Unless someone on the radio tells the first."

Yeah, odd. Short track, leads right on into single territory, with "We Used To Be Friends". The electro-ness of it is evident right from the start, and it makes for an incredibly catchy chorus, with Courtney singing in falsetto "Along time ago, we used to be friends". A very odd solo, a bit off key perhaps, short and thankfully so, it's almost painful.

Both "Dope (Wonderful You)" and "I Am A Scientist" are more dancey tracks with the signature techno drum beats in the backgorund, and siren-esque techno effects in the background. Both songs are fantastic. "I Am A Scientist" was also a single I'm pretty sure. It has a very catchy main riff and vocal line, with Courtney singing "I am a scientist, we gotta live on science alone...". Its really a typical techno rock song.

"I Am Over It" is similar to the two previous tracks, but lacks the distinctive techno sound. Softly sung vocals over a driving synthesised bass line, with some rarely seen distorted guitar bcaking in the chorus. "The Dandy Warhols Love Almost Everyone" is a short but very sweet song, very upbeat and uplifting, with Courtney singin again in falsetto:
"Exercise in your frustration
Unconditionnaly
Love me...
If I need some salvation
I have only one."

"Insincere Because I" and "(You Come In) Burned" are both really just filler songs, taking up an extra ten minutes of track. Other standouts on the album include "You Were The Last High" and "Hit Rock Bottom", with the former very mellowed out, a ballad almost, extremely melodic and ubersweet on the ears, and the latter a touch more rock orientated with, what's that I hear? A half-guitar driven track? That's right, but only half really. Still Courtney with his trademark vocals sounding like he really just couldn't give a damn.

Overall, this album is of course up to typical Dandy Warhol standards, but this one in a very different style. I would recommend it to any fan of the Dandy Warhols, fan of indie rock/pop, or any fan of electronic pop or rock. Great album.

Recommended tracks:
We Used To Be Friends
Dope (Wonderful You)
I Am A Scientist
You Were The Last High
Hit Rock Bottom

But not necessarily in that order...
Shortish review, but thanks anyway. Peace out!


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Auldy
November 30th 2005



351 Comments


Wow, as if this album hasnt been reviewed yet!

This is a nice album, but I like Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia better than Monkey House.

Nonetheless there are definately a few tracks here that people have to check out, like the ones in the Recommended Tracks of this review.

Speaking of this review, very well done mr sgrevs, 1+ for you :D

sgrevs
November 30th 2005



698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks, all compliments gratefully accepted!! I agree, Thirteen Tales is definitely better, I think I might just review it next, in a few days perhaps.

Auldy
November 30th 2005



351 Comments


Yes good idea, unless i beat you to it!

nah, just kidding, go for it, i would like to see some more Dandy Warhols on this site

Zebra
Moderator
November 30th 2005



2647 Comments


You described this well through the tbt, well done.

I haven't heard this but I'll check it out on your request.

Otisbum
May 26th 2007



1912 Comments


Just bought 'We Used To Be Friends' (yeah, I'm a Veronica Mars fan), it's pretty good.

Nice review.

plane
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2007



6092 Comments


Just bought 'We Used To Be Friends' (yeah, I'm a Veronica Mars fan), it's pretty good.

R.I.P. :upset:
I have some of the tracks off this, but not enough to rate. They're pretty good from those tracks, though. 'We Used To Be Friends' wears thin really, really fast.

Otisbum
May 26th 2007



1912 Comments


Yeah, I just bought it because I already miss the show, I'll probably listen to it once or twice a week at first, then gradually less.

I've heard there's still a chance of a 4th season though, the website that petitioned for a 2nd season is back up and asking for another.

samthebassman
June 22nd 2007



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Their best album by a mile, I cant believe it has such a low rating.

barbarian
March 28th 2009



341 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

veronica mars is so hot

MassiveAttack
May 17th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

If it wasn't for "We Used To Be Friends" and "Heavenly" this album would be pretty bad.

Jim
November 8th 2009



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this album falls off a cliff after about 4 tracks.

bloc
November 28th 2010



34735 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A LONG TIME AGO


WE USED TO BE FRIENDS

Digging: Messiah - Choir of Horrors



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