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The Dandy Warhols
Earth to the Dandy Warhols (Beat the World)

The Dandy Warhols' brand of drone pop is a modern rock original. Sure, plenty of other bands use sustained electric guitar to create monotone psychedelic effects. But who else blends in so effortlessly with pop hooks and snide lyrics that swagger with rock 'n' roll attitude?

The sixth album from this Portland band provides an excellent set of new songs consistent with their one-of-a-kind sound. It kicks off with "The World the People Together (Come On)," a five-minute track mixing a bass riff, hypnotic driving beats, guitars that chime like church bells and ambient vocals.

Earth to the Dandy Warhols drenches itself in campy space themes. The single "Mission Control" brims with synth and Depeche Mode-style robotic lyrics.

The disc provides intermittent reminders that the Dandy Warhols aren't adept at departing from their signature style. "Welcome to the Third World" tries to sustain a funk groove to an unsatisfying conclusion.

If you're new to the Dandy Warhols, I'd bypass this disc for their 2000 classic, 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia. But Earth is a musical journey longtime fans won't want to miss.

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