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  • Summary: The fourth release for the Portland, Ore. four-piece is a trip through 70's glam- and 80s synth- rock, complete with contributions from Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes (the latter produced much of the album), Chic's Nile Rogers, Bowie/T. Rex producer Tony Visconti, and, well, Evan Dando.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Clever and droll but also hypnotic and mysterious.
  2. 83
    The progression into synthetics and New Order-isms seems so natural, it's almost hard to imagine the Dandys could ever have made music any other way. [#7, p.86]
  3. 80
    It's arrogantly risky. That's their best feature. [Jun 2003, p.100]
  4. An unlikely but not unwieldy combination of New Order and later Sparks. [22/29 Aug 2003, p.132]
  5. 70
    Comes on like an evil Duran Duran making future music for damaged teens.... It's both disturbingly compelling and very, very wrong. [Jun 2003, p.112]
  6. Guest stars (from Simon LeBon to Tony Visconti) arrive at a faster clip than truly memorable songs, but the slick vibe allows the album to slink by until it arrives at bright spots like the transcendently trashy "You Were The Last High."
  7. These songs highlight the poseur mentality and insincerity that paradoxically plagues and blesses The Dandy Warhols.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Dec 17, 2013
    After the good debut and superb 13 tales, the Dandies kept releasing only some good songs on filler-filled albums. Its not until 2012 they would release a full release full with good tracks. Expand
  2. j30
    Mar 22, 2012
    What's with indie rockers trading their instruments for synthesizers? Welcome To The Monkey House by the Dandy Warhols is a complete letdown of a follow-up to the excellent Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia, whose concise song-writing is now nowhere to be seen. Expand

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