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  • Summary: The Portland, Ore. band's follow-up to 'Welcome To The Monkey House' was co-produced by frontman Courtney Taylor(-Taylor) and Gregg Williams.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. 82
    A marked improvement upon the blank and boring pop they pulled out of the Monkey House in 2003. [#17, p.95]
  2. 80
    Recalls the blow-out blues of Beggars Banquet, a record not so much made for reveling as it is for the next-day hangover. [#69, p.95]
  3. 60
    A murky return to the denim'n'leather heartlands of 2000's Thirteen Tales. [Oct 2005, p.96]
  4. 60
    Odditorium buries its subtle hooks deep with endless, shape-shifting jams. [Oct 2005, p.136]
  5. There are no formulas here, and that's a good thing, but one can't help but feel the lack of focus and discrimination it took to put together Odditorium or Warlords of Mars.
  6. Only the truly earless would mistake this assortment of bloated in-jokes and interminable, sub-song drones for some kind of masterpiece.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 8 out of 36
  1. MindBomb
    Dec 22, 2005
    10
    I agree with MackL and DylanC. " Love Is the New Feel Awful", "Holding Me Up" and "Everyone Is Insane", "All the Money or the Simple Life I agree with MackL and DylanC. " Love Is the New Feel Awful", "Holding Me Up" and "Everyone Is Insane", "All the Money or the Simple Life Honey" are classics. That's four more than most bands disks these days. Dylan C is exactly right. It needs to grow on you. When I first heard it I didn't know what to think and I almost believed the reviews. After hearing the album a couple times, not only did I love it but several friends that knew nothing about The Dandys until Oddotorium, are now convinced they are brilliant.. Expand
  2. AndrewM
    Sep 15, 2005
    10
    This took a few listens for me, but it clicked after a few listens. It has a bit of everything that made all the other Dandys albums so This took a few listens for me, but it clicked after a few listens. It has a bit of everything that made all the other Dandys albums so great. Thank goodness they have moved away from the synth sounds of their last album and do what they do best. If 9-10 minutes 'psych-grooves' with quick pop songs to fill in the blanks are your thing, this fits the bill perfectly. Classic Dandys. Expand
  3. DSHelder
    Sep 21, 2005
    9
    This is not a record for people who take rock too serious. I.e. when the Pitchfork reviewer writes "At least the Dandies can say they This is not a record for people who take rock too serious. I.e. when the Pitchfork reviewer writes "At least the Dandies can say they didn't try. But that's an insult to everyone who ever did." -- he really has lost the point. This is a do-as-we-want play-rock-cause-it's-fun let's-forget-about-concepts kind of album. Dandy Warhols' own image as rock'n'roll superstar is so over-the-top it's hllarious! Expand
  4. ChrisG
    Sep 15, 2005
    8
    An eclectic mix of pre and post "10 Tales" Dandys. Songs like "Love is the New Feel Awful" bring to mind the majestic sounds of "Godless" and An eclectic mix of pre and post "10 Tales" Dandys. Songs like "Love is the New Feel Awful" bring to mind the majestic sounds of "Godless" and "Mohammed." "Smoke It" Is a Dylan-esque song with an energetic beat and a positive groove. However, when push comes to shove, an album which includes a track of dogs barking is too post-modern for the average listener. Entertaining for the hardcore Dandy's fan, and most likely puzzling for the casual music afficianado - but overall, a pleasing and fun album. Expand
  5. Allan
    Sep 17, 2005
    6
    As a normal album by a band? Pretty damn good. As a Dandy Warhols album? Easily their weakest. Still contains (some) brilliant moments, like As a normal album by a band? Pretty damn good. As a Dandy Warhols album? Easily their weakest. Still contains (some) brilliant moments, like the pro-pot jam 'Smoke It' and the absolutely gorgeous 'Everyone is Totally Insane'. But 'There is Only This Time' may be the worst song the band has ever done, and some of the other songs just leave no general impression. 'Love is the New Feel Awful' opens up gorgeously, and it a fine song, until the long ending section of music that isn't either emotionally engaging nor interesting. Despite the ending, an alright song though. Another song that is enjoyable enough is the hoedown 'the New Country'. Get their other albums instead first though. Expand
  6. GlennF
    Sep 22, 2005
    4
    This album is a career killer from the only band who used to be worth listening to, what a shame.
  7. TomW
    Sep 17, 2005
    0
    This is album is overwhelmingly excreable. TDW were perhaps my favourite band from 1997-2000; an awesome trilogy of albums, (dandys rule ok!, This is album is overwhelmingly excreable. TDW were perhaps my favourite band from 1997-2000; an awesome trilogy of albums, (dandys rule ok!, come down, thirteen tales) and then a detour with Monkeyhouse. But this album has so little redeeming about it, it might as well be by chris martin. A half dozen songs meander through a moderately interesting 3 minutes, when they are ruined by 8 minutes of listless, self indulgent rubbish. They might be trying to act above it all, but this mediocrity just demonstrates a group fresh out of ideas. Expand

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