CD The Dandy Warhols Are Sound [5099968568221] (CD 4665881),
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The Dandy Warhols Are Sound [5099968568221]

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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 85682

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    The story behind DANDY WARHOLS ARE SOUND is that the bandmembers took the tracks from the group's 2003 album WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE (which they had co-produced with Duran Duran'a Nick Rhodes) to be mixed in New York by Russell Elavedo (D'Angelo, Common, the Roots), but the results were rejected by Capitol Records and shelved in favor of the subsequently released version mixed (apparently without the band's involvement) by British pop engineer Peter Wheatley (Sugababes, Girls Aloud). The differences between the two versions, as fans heard once the Elavedo mix (ARE SOUND) was self-released by the band in 2009, are roughly what one would expect after comparing the two engineers' prior clientele rosters. Not that these mixes make the Dandys sound like a grittily organic hip-hop/soul outfit on the one hand, or a glistening chart-pop act on the other -- this is essentially a rock & roll album either way -- but SOUND is notably more stripped-down and spacious, with fewer of the synthesizers and electronic underpinnings that gave several MONKEY HOUSE tracks their noted (and arguably prescient) new wave/synth pop vibe. This helps to bring the songs closer to the rootsier, dirtier, and somewhat dubby approach of their previous albums, although it's hardly comparable to the gloriously noisy dronefests of their first two. Listening to both mixes side by side, song for song, the differences are readily evident and fairly striking -- though there are no substantive changes to the actual songs themselves.

  • Critic Reviews
    Billboard (p.44) - "ARE SOUND gets the swing and psychedelia that the Warhols originally intended."
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