Dandy Warhols sober effort sort of boring
Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 13:04
The Dandy Warhols
(The End Records)
The Dandys sober up (or at least pretend to) for their latest, which isn't necessarily a good thing. One option is to take them at face value, I suppose, and assume that This Machine's restraint and simplicity marks an attempt by the band to get their ducks in order and recapture the punchy pop magic of, say, 2000's Thirteen Tales of Urban Bohemia, a career high that constitutes a better best-of than any actual Dandy Warhols best-of. The Dandy Warhols don't make a very good case that they can function as a minimalist rock unit. Like reformed alcoholics who were more fun when they drank, This Machine is alternately sullen and unconvincingly earnest and inoffensive to a fault.