Though I know they’ve been around for a while and have quite the cult following, I’m new to The Dandy Warhols camp and honestly had no idea what to expect. With such an intriguing name I must say I was more than anxious to dig into this new release and see what the group was all about. In my mind the band name sort of lends itself to the indie genre and I believe I wasn’t far off; the overall sound is a sort of an indie/grunge hybrid.
The first time listening through This Machine I found myself anticipating what was next to come. There are many dimensions working in these songs and I found it difficult to take them all in. The next few times I listened through from start to finish, trying to appreciate all of the songs’ different little nuances. The instrumental and vocal harmonies are fantastic, but the thing that really sucked me in and kept my attention was the driving beat and groove, both anchored by a terrifically fuzzy bass; it’s dirty, it’s fuzzy and I absolutely love it!
There’s an infectious groove running through this album as a whole that just really makes it an enjoyable listen. At the end of the day I think This Machine is a decent disc from a band that has definitely carved out a unique niche. It’s artsy, it’s bit out of the box and it’s well worth checking out.
01. Sad Vacation
02. The Autumn Carnival
03. Enjoy Yourself
04. Alternative Power To The People
05. The Dandy Warhols-Well They’re Gone
06. Rest Your Head
07. 16 Tons
08. I Am Free
09. SETI vs. The Wow Signal
10. Don’t Shoot She Cried
Run Time: 43:12
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Check out the song: “Bohemian Like You”