Friday, October 21, 2005

the dandy warhols - odditorium or warlords of mars [album review]

[Capitol, 2005]

Pitchfork gave this album a 1.6 out of 10. Sure, the name is kinda stupid, but this album will surprise any hipster with an affinity for even the most obscure. It’s actually really good – despite the cliché-ridden stoner-chic poseur aesthetic that the group has become renowned for. To say that they embrace their own idiosyncrasies would be reading too far into it - it’s really just about style. Many critics talk of this as bad when compared with having actual substance. There’s a little bit of the latter here, too. Breezy, lackadaisical and well-paced guitar tunes like “Love is the New Feel Awful” are what this record does best. The Dandys clearly have a target market of faux-hipsters and Volvo adverts, but the mood of this album works too well to ignore. This is sure to suit summer perfectly.

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