The Dandy Warhols
Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia


4.5
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Review

by sgrevs USER (4 Reviews)
December 4th, 2005 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia was the third studio effort from the Portland quartet known as the Dandy Warhols.* There was a three year span between 1997's "Come Down" and this, and the hiatus showed an increased maturity and sophistication level from the band. The songs had deeper meanings lyrically and musically, and showed an enhanced ability to write well structured and thought out songs. The*album is littered with catchy guitar and vocal riffs, in many different styles, ranging from country, to rock, to pop.

The album opener, 'Godless', is a beautifully blended piece of craftmanship, with a mesmerising trumpet riff over a perfectly*placed and written*chord progression. This song epitomises the basis of the album and cites many different influences such as pop and*salsa.*The only other track with trumpet prominence is the uplifting 'Cool Scene', with a samba-esque solo, and an unforgettably catchy vocal melody in the chorus.

Country-rock influences are evident in tracks such as 'Country Leaver',*'Horse Pills', and 'The Gospel'. The first has a boot stampin', hand clappin' sing-a-long*sound*pulsing throughout its duration, which leaves you to reminisce 'bout all things country. The*second is more rock oriented and a single, with a heavily distorted chorus riff, and a weird off-key sounding guitar line in the verse. Courtney's vocals are close to flawless throughout this song, and the entire album in general.

'The Gospel' is a very slow and sleepy tune, with*ultra-melodic harmonising throughout. Another similar*track*is 60's pop oriented 'Sleep', with more hypnotic guitar riffage that could easily put you to sleep.

Single territory is mainly clumped together, with tracks*like 'Get Off', 'Bohemian Like You', and*'Horse Pills' (already previously mentioned). Both 'Get Off' and 'Bohemian Like You' are fiendishly catchy pop anthems, the type that get stuck in your head for days after that first listen.

In the same mould is 'Shakin'', with its heavy main riff and synth in the background, with Courtney singing over the top in a deepened voice: "...and I still can't help but want you back back back back back...".

To conclude, this is a top notch effort, and undoubtedly the best by the Warhols. With catchiness galore at every turn, listeners are in for a real treat when they choose to cash in on this masterpiece of an alternative/pop*album.

Album highlights include:

Godless
Country Leaver
Solid
Get Off
Bohemian Like You
Shakin'

That was very tough to do, seeing as there are so many good tracks, but I felt that I had to try condense them all down to*the best 6. Remarks, comments, dissing, whatever, welcome.

Peace out, Shaun.


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sgrevs
December 4th 2005


698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whoaa, sorry guys, didn't realise it was so short. Should I add some to it?

sgrevs
December 4th 2005


698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shoot, now the paragraphs are messed. lets do it again then.

sgrevs
December 4th 2005


698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sigh...still some *'s around, can't be bothered to fix them, still readable, and I'll just stuff it up more.

Zebra
Moderator
December 4th 2005


2647 Comments


Excellent review, just because I like to read short reviews.

I have listened to Warhols before, but I'm not familiar with this album.

Auldy
December 6th 2005


351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is their best album


Desensitized
December 7th 2005


136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes it is.

They've yet to top this, and I doubt they ever will.

bootlegbible
April 9th 2006


2 Comments


godless and cool scene arent the only ones with trumpet, mohammed has trumpet towarsds the end


STLMiguel
May 23rd 2006


335 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album rocks, the one before this was pretty good before. After that, well, the music got crappy.

ClearTheLane
February 18th 2008


990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Sleep" is absolutely brilliant. The best on this one, which is a glorious title because this is definitely their best album.

Bleak123
October 17th 2008


1902 Comments


Eight years after its release and I've only just got around to listening to this one. I have to say it fucking rules. not sure whether it's a 4 or 4.5 yet.

Bleak123
October 17th 2008


1902 Comments


it's a shame none of their other albums compare to this 'bad boy'

Meatplow
November 15th 2008


5524 Comments


I forgot all about this band, had a good afternoon revisiting this

I've never listened to any of their other stuff, but this album is incredible. I can't think of anything I can flaw with it, it's a superb collection of sounds working together and there is not a single track that does not move me.

MassiveAttack
May 17th 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not a bad album, but this is overrated in my omniscient opinion =)

bloc
November 30th 2010


34872 Comments


CUZ I LIKE YOU

YEAH I LIKE YOU

AND I FEEL

WAH-HO WOOOOOOOOOO




WOOHOO HOOOOOOOOOO

lancebramsay
March 22nd 2011


1585 Comments


hey you wait tables too?

kangaroopoo
March 22nd 2011


3175 Comments


No and I don't dig on vegan food

random
July 21st 2012


2262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Bohemian Like You" is awesome.

Pheromone
May 29th 2014


3543 Comments


I remember not being too fond of this but yeah Bohemian Like You still rules.

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