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  • Summary: The sixth album for the Portland, Oregon, rockers includes guest appearances by Dire Strait's Mark Knopfler and the Heartbreakers' guitarist Mike Campbell.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. Earth To The Dandy Warhols finds the band back in track in all the best ways. [Fall 2008, p.80]
  2. Merging the sounds of space rock with an element of trance and a smattering of early Velvet Underground experimentation, the group ends up with an enticing album that holds a fresh mix of sounds.
  3. They may have no defining sound of their own, but they're admirable recyclers. [Oct 2008, p.141]
  4. They were better as clever corporate whores.
  5. 40
    [They've delivered] a spawling 70-minute opus devoid of drive or inspiration. [Oct 2008, p.83]
  6. If the lyrics were cleverer, they might work as a critique of vacant rock culture, but instead they come across as the embodiment of what they profess to be sneering at.
  7. Earth to the Dandy Warhols is as much of a joke album as "Metal Machine Music," except I don’t see any rock ‘n’ roll scholars finding anything particularly smart in this slop 20 years from now.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. FranklinF.
    Aug 19, 2008
    10
    The 15-minute noise that comprises the final track on this record notwithstanding, this album is fantastic! Most music critics seemed to be The 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
  2. MaxwellS.
    Aug 21, 2008
    10
    The Dandy Warhols have always been about experimentation within a thousand genres. They have finally put together what seems to be an edgier, The 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
  3. AndersK
    Sep 21, 2008
    10
    Best album of the year. The Dandy Warhols' best album, by far.
  4. oscarl
    Oct 8, 2008
    8
    I 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 I 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
  5. MichaelA.
    Aug 20, 2008
    7
    I think this one's getting an unfair slam. It's not my favorite Dandy's album, but it's infinitely better than I 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
  6. IraS.
    Aug 25, 2008
    2
    Go away Dandy Warhols and take your little Courtney-Courtney Taylor-Taylor with you when you go.
  7. FelipeP.
    Aug 20, 2008
    0
    The worst album of the year.

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