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Customer Review

on 19 January 2002
This album is a very good semi-psychadelic trip through the land and lore of The Dandy Warhols. I like this album a lot, mainly due to the faster, "big chorus" tracks, such as "Bohemian Like You" and "Get Off". Be warned that a couple of the tracks, such as "Mohammed" do not sound especially tuneful! Anyway, a track-by-track review:
THIRTEEN TALES FROM URBAN BOHEMIA
Godless: A good opening track, setting the tone for the album, especially the quieter tracks. ****
Mohammed: As the name suggests this track is Indian based, but comes across as quite dull at first. ***
Nietzsche: About as rocky as The Dandys get! Brilliant intro, though the tune is a bit monotonous. ***
Country Leaver: As the name suggests, a country song. A mickey take at that. Unfortunately it doesn't suit The Dandys. Awful. *
Solid: This is better, The Dandys at their psychadelic best! Very good. ****
Horse Pills: No words do justice to this track in my opinion, just listen to it! *****
Get Off: Absolutely brilliant, especially the "hoo-haas", which make me smile every time I listen to it! ****
Sleep: This track is beautiful. It could almost be a lullaby. Very very good. ****
Cool Scene: If Sleep was the lullaby, Cool Scene is the dream. Psychadelic to the core, brilliantly produced. ****
Bohemian Like You: What can't be said about this track that hasn't already been said! You should know it by now, so I'm sure you've already made your own mind up! My rating: *****
Shakin': How can The Dandys keep on churning this stuff out?? Yet another brilliant psychadelic rock song! ****
Big Indian: The album starts to tone down now with this track. Not my favourite, but still good. *** and a half
The Gospel: Unfortunately it is now toned down too much. More depressing than Thom Yorke on a rainy day. Personally I don't like this track at all, though many like it, I'm sure. **
SEVEN TALES FOR URBAN AUSTRALIA
Hells Bells: A storming cover of the AC/DC song, also found on the Bohemian Like You single. ****
Bohemian Like You (The Black Dog Lithium Carbonate 300mg Mix): If you were expecting this to be as tuneful as the original, think again. The vocals are removed, making the song barely discernable, and it gets very boring very quickly. *
Dub Song: Quite good, sounds a bit like Kula Shaker. *** and a half
Boys Better: This is taken from the album "The Dandy Warhols Come Down", so you may already know it. Very catchy (though perhaps lyrically a bit sexist). *****
Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth (Live at the Reading Festival 1999): A live version of The Dandy's other main hit. They stick pretty close to the orginial, though the recording is possibly a bit tinny. ***
Get Off (Video): Filmed in a traditional Western bar. Apart from that a pretty standard video. ***
Bohemian Like You (Video): Filmed as a karaoke video, which works very well, especially if you're trying to work out the words!! ******
BEWARE!!! The 2 videos are in the same file, so you will have to skip Get Off if you only want to watch Bohemian...! However, this is the only drawback. The extra CD is well worth getting!!
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