Album: The Dandy Warhols, ...Earth to the Dandy Warhols...(Beat the World)

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There are moments on Earth to the Dandy Warhols – particularly the moments when they attempt to marry falsetto West Coast harmonies with rolling Krautrock grooves – when the band seem on the verge of stumbling across a dynamic, new, rock form, but there are others which leave one on the verge of despair.

"World the People Together (Come On)" is an enticing slice of glossy jetstream pop built around a Neu! motorik groove, and "Mis Amigos" a compelling blend of Can-style cyclical funk and sleek Beach Boy-ish chorus marred only by the ill-chosen trumpet break, while the itchy rhythms of "Welcome to the Third World" and the outsider boogie "The Legend of the Last of the Outlaw Truckers" enjoyably recall Talking Heads and Alabama 3, respectively.

But elsewhere there are far too many swirling, unfocused psych-rock mumblings, unredeemed even by the country-rock touches from Mark Knopfler and Mike Campbell on "Love Song".

Pick of the album:'World the People Together (Come On)', 'Welcome to the Third World', 'Mis Amigos'