Volume 94, Issue 20

Wednesday, October 4, 2000


A charmless flick about a chunky guy with charm

Actually, it's ugly

Warhols are Dandy, then, just Dandy

A bus tour like no other

Dot.Com - go

Warhols are Dandy, then, just Dandy

The Dandy Warhols
thirteen tales from urban bohemia
EMI Music

Portland's The Dandy Warhols have returned with a solid rock album, complete with some serious twists.

After the opening track, "godless," the band heads directly into two very introspective songs that downplay Courtney Taylor-Taylor's vocals and focus heavily on the instrumentation. There is a haunting element to both tracks, which gently bleed into each other. While the first sways, the second buzzes. The band returns to this eerie, instrumental sentiment later on the album with the track, "sleep."

The album is a very interesting and complex mix of sounds. "country leaver" is a twangy, hee-haw number, while "horse pills" is a solid, rocking, tongue-in-cheek critique of superficial members of the male persuasion who rely on pills to make themselves appear more built. "get off" is a jaunty track whose simple title explains it all.

Then of course there's the hit, "bohemian like you," which is perhaps the band's most successful single to date. Clearly one of the catchiest songs to enter the mainstream in the past couple of months, "bohemian like you" on its own makes up for the seemingly unending number of Creed singles that have clogged the airwaves. The song has a playful, summer effect, likely a direct result of Taylor-Taylor's repeated "woo-whos."

With a clever album that showcases their very unique range of sounds and abilities, isn't it time for everyone to get a little bohemian?

– Matt Pearson



Bad Boy Entertainment

The voice.

For newcomer Shyne, it can either be a blessing or burden. While Shyne possesses one of the most powerful voices in rap, he has been labelled derivative and compared to the Notorious B.I.G. The similarity is so eerie that at first listen, it would be difficult to distinguish between the two.

On this record, Shyne manages to produce some songs, which can be considered first-class material. The album's lead single, "Bad Boyz," teams Shyne with reggae legend Barrington Levy, on a song which has caused even the biggest Bad Boy hater to raise an eyebrow.

Shyne continues to impress with songs like "Bang," which features steel drums, a Caribbean sound and a catchy chorus, while "The Commission," shows off a sweet violin riff. These songs and others throughout the album like "Whatcha Gonna Do," allow Shyne to show his immense ability to rhyme in a commanding and relentless manner without the slightest hesitation.

Not missing from this album, though, is the typical Bad Boy overuse of samples and attempts at jiggy jukebox songs. Many of the songs on the CD are full of uninspired lyrics, laughable hooks, questionable beats and, plainly put, mistakes. It turns most of this album into a myriad of weak and skip-able songs.

Shyne isn't Biggie. What will be needed is a major change in the Bad Boy formula for this artist to truly shine.

– Joel Brown

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