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This Machine CD

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  • Audio CD (23 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B007FW01R8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sad Vacation
2. The Autumn Carnival
3. Enjoy Yourself
4. Alternative Power To The People
5. Well They're Gone
6. Rest Your Head
7. 16 Tons
8. I Am Free
9. SETI vs Wow! Signal
10. Don t Shoot She Cried
11. Slide

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The Dandy Warhols will release their new album This Machine , on April 23, 2012. The release, produced by The Dandy Warhols and Jeremy Sherrer, is made up of eleven songs written by Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Brent DeBoer, Zia McCabe, and guests David J (Love and Rockets, Bauhaus) and Miles Zuniga (Fastball). This Machine is the Dandy's 8th official studio album and was recorded over the course of 2011 at The Dandy Warhols rock clubhouse/entertainment megaplex/studio The Odditorium. The band recorded the album with their longtime engineer - producer Jeremy Sherrer. Taylor-Taylor describes this record as "stripped down, woody and extremely guitar centric." The album was mixed Tchad Blake who also mixed The Dandy Warhols Odditorium or Warlords of Mars and Come Down. Tchad is well known for his recent work with The Black Keys, Blitzen Trapper and Pearl Jam. The album cover for This Machine was painted by local Portland, Oregon painter Hickory Mertsching. Famed Science Fiction writer Richard Morgan penned the band s official Bio for This Machine. It s 4 short stories that do a much better job entertaining than this bullet point list. You can read the bio here. Stand out track, Autumn Carnival was co authored by Courtney Taylor Taylor and David J of Love and Rockets. About the album, Courtney says, "We've been told that it s our gothiest. I thought it was our grungiest so I'm really hoping it s a hit with goths who are...um, really outdoorsy?" The Dandy Warhols have been a band for 18 yrs, they are: Courtney Taylor-Taylor Sings and plays guitar and sometimes keyboards and percussion. Peter Holmström Plays guitar and sometimes keyboards and bass. Zia McCabe Plays keyboards and key bass and percussion and sometimes sings. Brent DeBoer Plays drums and sings and sometimes bass and guitar.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Thomas VINE VOICE on 26 Sept. 2012
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This is the first time I have ever hesitated before purchasing a Dandy Warhols CD. After initially being impressed by Odditorium and Earth to the Dandy Warhols, both quickly became nauseating listens, and neither stands up to the back-catalogue of excellence from Portland's best-known rock introspectors. With that in mind, I approached this album with what is, for me, a rare caution.

This Machine possesses a woody, hollow, percussive sound that is familiarly guitar-heavy and imbued with the Dandys' personality. Happily, there is a greater sense of control than the get-our-mates-onto-the-disc hyper-indulgence of the previous two recordings. The scatty and eccentric track selection persists, however, spoiling what promises to be the best collection the band have produced in some time. It's almost like the Warhols have developed a kind of musical amnesia in recent years and cannot focus on one style or theme for a whole recording.

There are some good highlights among the contrast, though. Sad Vacation is an intense, moody, thumping album-opener, while I Am Free is a sunny romp which works surprisingly well, whilst perhaps being a touch over-long. The pacy Alternative Power to the People is as good as any fuzzy instrumental thrash the Dandy's have ever done, and by the time you get to Don't Shoot She Cried and Slide, you definitely feel the old Dandys are still rocking about in there somewhere, striving with the rich soundscapes they have made their own over nearly two decades.

Disappointingly, it does retain some of the same sloppy raucousness of Odditorium on numbers like Enjoy Yourself and SETI vs the Wow Signal, which are not bad songs in themselves but make an untidy mess of what should be a cohesive whole.
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Format: Audio CD
Every listen reveals another layer to every song.
It's sort of a grunge,Gothic sound which perfectly suits Courtney's voice.
This album has fantastic songs, Well They're Gone and Slide are beautiful soft songs, Featuring great vocal performances from both Brent Deboer and Courtney Taylor Taylor.
Then we have the rockers I am Free, Alternative power to the people and Seti vs the Wow signal gets the job done.
The real gems though are Autumn Carnival and Sad Vacation theirs so many layers to these haunting tracks, perfect examples of a gothic styled song, dark and gloomy.
Also Don't shoot she cried is the perfect example of the Dandy's Psychedelic music and it sounds like a mix between Orange and Pete International Airport, druggy and spaced out.

The Dandy's have been a band for 18 years and we've seen some great songs Godless, Green, Just Try, Smoke It, Last High, Love Song but any songs from this machine could be added to this list.

The best part of the Dandies is no two albums sound the same, it's not good if every song sounds the same, we'd get bored of it, The Dandies change genres quicker than we change socks, but however sometimes it doesn't always fit, this time it did. (Sock Metaphors FTW)

Thank You Dandy Warhols and Brian Jonestown Massacre for making good music as the rest of the music industry fell to shit and inspiring awesome bands like the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
I salute you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mena V. D. Bosch on 2 July 2012
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I've always loved the Dandy Warhols moody mucic. Sexy, but slightly melancholic. Most of the time with a hint of decadence. The voice, the soundscapes, the lyrics, the overall atmosphere. Yes I'm a fan. And don't get me wrong I'm still a fan. But not in love anymore.
I was excited when the album came out at last. They kept us waiting far too long.
First impression: Wauw, nice songs, hmmm, a little bit short though.
OK, let's play it again and again. And there it is, that's what disappoints me. The album is a just a collection of (nice) songs. It has no alluring atmosphere.
There's no Dandy Warhols world created here. The muse has left the band.I've read that each bandmember has other more inspiring projects running and that's something I think I can hear.
Sure, there are pretty good songs on the album, Slide p.a. is magnificent and my 3star review indicates this album is GOOD, but not GREAT.
I'm afraid they've had their last high a long time ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Lawrence on 24 July 2013
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But not every band is able to consistently satisfy their fans, although they often get good publicists! Another dud from the Dandys!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynical John on 10 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I know I'm going to get some flak for this review but please try and review my review objectively. I own all their other albums and would rate them 4 or above and so the pain of finding a bad Dandy's album whilst rare does sting!

I am so disappointed by this album and I don't think I've been this disappointed since the release of the Monkey House album.
I've been an adoring fan of the Dandy Warhols ever since I listened to the Come Down album 16 years ago, their fresh sound and style was the perfect antidote to the stagnant pop music of the time.
Subsequent releases of records have always been something to look forward to and while some are not instantly accessible - Odditorium for instance (one of my faves I hasten to add), their unique sound has always carried through.
On reading the reviews, I thought I was expecting another jubilant slice of groovy pop and perhaps another "13 tales" inspired album of greatness but this is drab, boring and with only one great song (in my opinion) and another sounding like John Shuttleworth, I'm rating this as their poorest yet.
My 3rd listen has still not convinced me otherwise...
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