Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Album Review: The Dandy Warhols- Distortland

The Dandy Warhols
*** out of *****

The self proclaimed "odd rockers" from Portland, OR, The Dandy Warhols have now come out with their ninth studio album Distortland and it is more of the same from the band that has now been at it since 1995. If you are a fan of the bands folk-electro mix of indie rock then this one will slide in nicely next to the back catalog of the band, if you've never been a fan, move on.

The band, Courtney Taylor-Taylor - vocals, guitars, Peter Holmström - guitars, Zia McCabe - keyboards, Brent DeBoer - drums, are locked in their wandering lazy freakout style so much so that Distrotland can sound derivative, but the band is always wandering to the next sonic venture.

The synths open the disk via "Search Party" with a pulsing rhythm while "STYGGO" takes up the dance vibe with its doo-doo-doo's and hand claps. The best track on the disk is  "You Are Killing Me" which seems to blend everything that the Dandy's do best into one effort. It flirts with a chugging tense riff/dream-pop mix while delivering the clearest vocal from Taylor-Taylor on the album.

Not everything works though as "All The Girls In London" goes for barroom rave up but feels more like a half baked experiment and "Semper Fidelis" is muffled in all the wrong ways with submerged vocals and dull musicianship.

With titling the album as a pun to their hometown the band continues to claim the trendy northwest city as home and this disk will satiate longtime fans and maybe even newcomers to the City of Roses.
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