- Summary: The sixth album for the Portland, Oregon, rockers includes guest appearances by Dire Strait's Mark Knopfler and the Heartbreakers' guitarist Mike Campbell.
- Record Label: World's Fair
- Genre(s): Rock, Pop, Alternative
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FranklinF.Aug 19, 2008The 15-minute noise that comprises the final track on this record notwithstanding, this album is fantastic! Most music critics seemed to be skewed against this band because of the "Dig!" doc, which I haven't seen, and now don't plan to. I've never much liked the Dandies before--a song here or there, but their two albums prior to this were pretty uniformly awful. Not this one. From beginning to end, every song has a hook, and the more I play it, the more I like it. The sequence from "Mis Amigos" through "Valerie Yum" is particularly eye-opening--the best they've ever done. And the 9 tracks prior to that run the gamut from folk, sludge, funk, psych, and space-age rock, and play each genre convincingly. Give this record a chance, even if smarmy "These guys from Dig aren't as cool as I am"-type rock critics won't. Far and away, their best record yet.… Expand
MaxwellS.Aug 21, 2008The Dandy Warhols have always been about experimentation within a thousand genres. They have finally put together what seems to be an edgier, darker, and at some points-- even sillier, Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia. As usual, the press and music listeners alike bash Taylor and his amazing band because they can not wrap their heads around such diverse soundscapes such as Earth to the Dandy Warhols. Quite frankly, you have to realize that the album was totally self produced. There is nothing indulgent about being independent as far as I know. Music critics and fans alike are going to continue praising acts like the New Pornographers and Spoon until the end of time, despite their very similar themes and sounds on each album. Not to bash other acts, but many of the almost middle-aged indie rockers who are putting out albums every year are not progressing as much as the Warhols in sound, only in quality mixing procedures. I judge the Dandys by how much ear candy they present every album. This one imparticular is impressive as each song transitions into the next, but the sound starting as anthemic and ending like an early twentieth century French film. Songs such as "The Last Outlaw Truckers aka the ballad of Sheriff Shorty" and "Beast of All Saints" dabble in that epic vibe that they have displayed in the past on tracks like "Get Off," but in a manner that is much more intense than any of their previous albums. So much more intense that you can pretty much imagine an epic Western movie while listening. The songs flow, but they are all over the place at the same time. That is talented in itself; they are unrepetitive and absolutely sincere simultaneously. It's really no wonder that they opened for the Rolling Stones last summer in Europe. This album is a major feat for them and the tour should bring some pretty amazing shows and setlists. I recommend this HIGHLY. Or, um, I highly recommend this. Yeah.… Expand
AndersKSep 21, 2008Best album of the year. The Dandy Warhols' best album, by far.
oscarlOct 8, 2008I dont get it? critics go on about how good thirteen tales, their "old" stuff is so good, and they bitch about how crap ...earth is. sure, it sounds like they haven't progressed anywhere with the album, but is that such a bad thing?… Expand
MichaelA.Aug 20, 2008I think this one's getting an unfair slam. It's not my favorite Dandy's album, but it's infinitely better than Odditorium, their last one, and more consistent than Welcome to the Monkey House. Love 'em or hate 'em... I don't think this one will change your mind but there are a handful of killer songs here.… Expand
IraS.Aug 25, 2008Go away Dandy Warhols and take your little Courtney-Courtney Taylor-Taylor with you when you go.
FelipeP.Aug 20, 2008The worst album of the year.
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