The Dandy Warhols Are Sound

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The Dandy Warhols Are Sound
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 14, 2009
RecordedSeptember 11, 2001 – December 2, 2002
LabelBeat the World Records
The Dandy Warhols chronology
...Earth to the Dandy Warhols...
The Dandy Warhols Are Sound
The Capitol Years 1995–2007

The Dandy Warhols Are Sound is the seventh 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.[1] It was released on July 14, 2009, through the band's own label Beat the World Records.


Before 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, along with some others. 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. Peter Holmstrom later said that Monkey House was not the version that he wanted released.[1] In 2008, the band split from Capitol and formed their own label, Beat the World Records.[2] With the band now on its own label, Holmstrom said the band decided the time was right to re-release the album's original mix.[1]

As Courtney 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."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Courtney Taylor-Taylor, except as noted.

1."Burned" 7:02
2."Scientist" 3:13
3."We Used to Be Friends" 4:11
4."The Last High"Evan Dando, Taylor-Taylor6:27
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
Bonus tracks
14."You Ain't Goin Nowhere"2:52
15."Last High" (live at the Enmore, Sydney, Australia, 2008)4:13


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The A.V. ClubC[6]
Drowned in Sound6/10[7]

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."[9] 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."[6]


  1. ^ a b c Smyers, Daryl (September 3, 2009). "Peter Holmstrom and The Rest of the Dandy Warhols are Men of Their Words". Dallas Observer. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  2. ^ "The Dandy Warhols to Release Their Own Records". March 7, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  3. ^ "The Dandy Warhols ARE Sound, the "Director's Cut" of Welcome To The Monkey House". May 10, 2009. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  4. ^ "The Dandy Warhols Are Sound Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  5. ^ Hoffman, K. Ross. "The Dandy Warhols Are Sound - The Dandy Warhols : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Rizov, Vadim (July 14, 2009). "The Dandy Warhols: The Dandy Warhols Are Sound". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  7. ^ Porter, Bruce (July 16, 2009). "The Dandy Warhols - ARE Sound / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  8. ^ Harsin, Jayson (October 6, 2009). "The Dandy Warhols: The Dandy Warhols Are Sound < PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Uncut (October 2009): 95. {{cite journal}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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