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The Dandy Warhols are, hands down, my favorite band of all time. Their versatility is almost unmatched; not many other bands can play as wide a range of music as they do and pull it off as effective and beautifully. AND, where I come from, their virtually unknown, which is a huge plus for me. Which is why I'm worried about "Monkey House". Previous Warhols outings have been less directed toward mainstream listening, but several songs on "Monkey" have an almost distinctly mainstream feel. The first single, "We Used to be Friends", is an infectiously catchy, radio-friendly tune, while the second, "You Were the Last High", would sound right at home on a popular alternative station. Overall, the album is drenched with '80s influences, but underneath it all is the traditional, undeniable Warhols sound. If you're an old Warhols fan, you may be disappointed in the lack of atmospheric "Mohammed"-esque tunes, as I am, but the album's finale, "You come in Burned", makes up a good deal for it, though not enough. After having made my complaints, I close with this: to the Warhols purist (like me), "Welcome to the Monkey House" is not what quite what you've been waiting for (it still tops "Rule OK"); the thing is, though, it's still an absolutely fantastic album, so buy it, no matter your devotion to The Dandy Warhols. Perhaps with "Monkey House", The Dandy Warhols will finally receive the mainstream recognition and praise they deserve.
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