Dandy Warhols
"Odditorium Or Warlords Of Mars"

(Capitol Records 2005)Dandy Warhols - Odditorium Or Warlords Of Mars

With their fifth full-length release, "Odditorium Or Warlords of Mars," the Dandy Warhols are back to being their cheeky selves. Where their last album, "Welcome to the Monkey House," bumped and grinded to electronic pulses with help from Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes, "Odditorium Or Warlords of Mars" returns to the band's previous sound. This time it is all about the long and indulgent instrumental ambles that helped make "Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia" mellow.

The Dandy Warhols give you what you expect with low-key free form tunes like "Love Is The New Feel Awful" and "Holding Me Up." "Everyone Is Totally Insane" flows along, following the mix and, likewise, the album's first single, "Smoke It" fits the band's enduring style of fun, in your face, and upbeat music. But luckily, the Dandy Warhols do not discard all of the lessons they learned on "Monkey House." Thumping bass drives "Easy" as it borders on both dark and sexy.

Foot stomping fun abounds on "The New Country" as it delivers what its name promises, and the falsetto vocals delivered on "Down Like Disco" make for a catchy tune. "There Is Only This Time" has a quiet new age feel as singer/guitar player Courtney Taylor-Taylor chants gently. Meanwhile, the Dandys go into overdrive as they clock over ten minutes on "A Loan Tonight," a trippy power track.

Tongue in cheek, "Colder Than The Coldest Winter Was Cold" narrates a tale that "Behind The Music" will surely overlook when the Dandys make the show's cut while "Did You Make A Song With Otis" is more of a quick ditty than anything else.

As self indulgent as ever, the Dandy Warhols are here to remind you what they are all about. But where "Monkey House" was self propelling, "Odditorium" sometimes flounders with its constant variation.

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