The Dandy Warhols Are Sound

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The Dandy Warhols Are Sound
Studio album by The Dandy Warhols
Released 14 July 2009
Recorded 11 September 2001 – 2 December 2002
Genre Neo-psychedelia, synthpop
Label Beat the World
The Dandy Warhols chronology
...Earth to the Dandy Warhols...
(2008)
The Dandy Warhols Are Sound
(2009)
The Capitol Years 1995–2007
(2010)

The Dandy Warhols Are Sound is a studio album by American alternative rock band The Dandy Warhols. It is the original mix of the band's 2003 album Welcome to the Monkey House, by Grammy Award-winning soul music mixing engineer Russell Elevado. It was released on 14 July 2009, through Beat the World Records.

Background[edit]

Prior to the release of Welcome to the Monkey House, the band had been pressing for a version mixed by Elevado, whose credits include D'Angelo's Brown Sugar, The Roots' The Roots Come Alive, Common's Like Water for Chocolate and Alicia Keys' Songs in A Minor, among others. Contrary to the band's wishes,[citation needed] the Elevado mix of Monkey House was shelved by Capitol Records and an alternate mix by Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran was put out instead.

As Taylor-Taylor describes it, "There are two different approaches to mixing. One is very slick and clean, and Welcome to the Monkey House fits more into that category. Are Sound, however, has a sneakier profile. It seems very lo-fi and earthy, but the fact is, it's extremely precise."[1]

Are Sound is the preferred mix by Warhols guitarist Peter Holmstrom, who claims Monkey House "was not the version I wanted released".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Courtney Taylor-Taylor, except as noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Burned"     7:02
2. "Scientist"     3:13
3. "We Used to Be Friends"     4:11
4. "The Last High"   Evan Dando, Taylor-Taylor 6:27
5. "Wonderful You"     4:28
6. "The Dandy Warhols Love Almost Everyone"     2:12
7. "I Am Over It"     4:46
8. "Heavenly"     3:21
9. "Plan A"     4:59
10. "Rock Bottom"     3:02
11. "I Am Sound"     4:05
12. "Insincere"     3:30
13. "Pete Int'l Spaceport"     4:19

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 62/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
The A.V. Club C[5]
Drowned in Sound 6/10[6]
PopMatters 6/10[7]
Uncut 3/5 stars[8]

The album received a lukewarm critical reception in comparison to Welcome to the Monkey House. Uncut magazine wrote, "an LP that once raved shamelessly now shuffles, twitchily."[8] The A.V. Club, which praised Monkey House, called this mix "basically a tasteful killjoy. The bass is reduced to human levels, most of the synths are purged and the drums sound thin and trembly. The first Monkey House is full of consistently aggressive hook-mongering; this version is all deliberately becalmed jamming and repetition."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Dandy Warhols ARE Sound, the "Director's Cut" of Welcome To The Monkey House". altsounds.com. 10 May 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Smyers, Daryl (3 September 2009). "Peter Holmstrom and The Rest of the Dandy Warhols are Men of Their Words". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Dandy Warhols Are Sound Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Hoffman, K. Ross. "The Dandy Warhols Are Sound - The Dandy Warhols : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Rizov, Vadim (14 July 2009). "The Dandy Warhols: The Dandy Warhols Are Sound | Music | Music Reviews | The A.V. Club". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Porter, Bruce (16 July 2009). "The Dandy Warhols - ARE Sound / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Harsin, Jayson (6 October 2009). "The Dandy Warhols: The Dandy Warhols Are Sound < PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Uncut (October 2009): 95.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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