The Dandy Warhols - This Machine (Inertia)

FOR an album whose working titles included Pastor of Muppets and Shitty Shitty Band Band, the Dandy Warhols have gotten rather serious on This Machine.

The indie-pop darlings, who are best known for the hits Bohemian Like You and We Used To Be Friends, haven’t released a studio record since the poorly received Earth to the Dandy Warhols in 2008.

In turn, it seems, the Portland quartet has grown up.

This Machine is a fresh beginning for TDW. While they retain plenty of pop swagger, it’s a darker, less commercial vibe.

Opener Sad Vacation doesn’t follow the pop formula with its distorted bass, squelchy guitars and lo-fi vocals. But it’s catchy.

Enjoy Yourself is throwback Warhols, the addictive I Am Free should see a single release.

And Well They’re Gone, a gentle, haunting effort, is the CD’s surprise highlight.

RATING: ★★

IN SHORT: Just dandy

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