This Machine - The Dandy Warhols
Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. With a record this charming, one can only hope they last two more decades.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jan 21, 2013
    3
    I write this review reluctantly, but the truth is, this record proves that the Dandies have lost it. As a HUGE fan of their first five albums,I write this review reluctantly, but the truth is, this record proves that the Dandies have lost it. As a HUGE fan of their first five albums, one who proselytized endlessly on their behalf in the early 2000s, I've listened to their last three releases with increasing dismay, unable to find even one song I really liked--or even wanted to play more than once. "This Machine," as several critics have pointed out, seeks to return to earlier strengths, and, certainly, most of the familiar elements are there. But the songs remind me of those computer programs that seek to tell us what we'll like on the basis of what we've enjoyed before (Netflix: "You liked 'Reservoir Dogs,' so you'll like 'Caged Animal.' Me: I would, if I liked bad movies as much as good ones.). Though undeniably Dandyesque, the songs never get up on their feet and stagger around, much less leap, dance, or fly, as earlier tunes did. One reason is that the group no longer EVER pulls its tongue out of its cheek, either to rock or to reach for the sublime. What worked in the past was the balance between snarky art-school knowingness and real power; now all we get is the snark. If you want to see what I mean, just compare the prosaic "Rest Your Head" with the beatific "Sleep" or the snickering cover of "16 Tons" with the elegiac cover of "Ohio." We get it that you'll never know what it is to be "another day older and deeper in debt," guys, and you can laugh about that all you want at band practice, but some of us find privileged laughter in public--even the most acerbically ironic--offensive. Not to mention f*cking clueless. So, music fans, if this band is new to you, go back a decade at least. Us Dandies fans have a funeral to plan. Full Review »
  2. May 9, 2012
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I thought this album was quite good. They have definitely grown into a better band since their last album. And their cover of Sixteen Tons was fantastic! Full Review »