- 12 May 03
The best thing about The Dandy Warhols is that despite how instantly hummable their melodies are, they still manage to get better with each subsequent listen.
Quirky retrovists or stoners with an ear for a melody? Who cares! Either way those lovable Dandy Warhols are back with the follow-up 13 Tales Of Urban Bohemia and it’s as delightfully eccentric and hook-laden as you could have hoped for.
Doubtless you’ve already heard the manic pop thrill of the lead-off single, ‘We Used To Be Friends’, as its zingy melody and falsetto vocals wriggle their way into your personal headspace with all the subtlety of American foreign policy.
Much has been made of the ’80s revivalist overtones, courtesy of Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, who shares production duties with chief Dandy, Courtney Taylor-Taylor, but don’t let that put you off. True, the likes of ‘The Dope’ and ‘I Am A Scientist’ could be accused of wearing leg-warmers and playing with Rubik’s Cubes, but they’re also tarted up in a distinctly modern fashion. While we’re on the subject of producers, the great Tony Visconti adds his tuppence-ha’penny worth to ‘Hit Rock Bottom’, a swirling glamtastic affair that should have Marc Bolan smiling from his heavenly resting place.