The Dandy Warhols – The Dandy Warhols Come Down (1997)
“Never have I wanted to like an album more, yet been so disappointed”
– Some journalist, from some paper, from some time in the late 90s.
Talk about a reliably sourced quote!
Although the details of author/paper/year escape me, I have a clear memory of reading that line in a review of Soul Asylum’s Candy From A Stranger.
It was such a powerful opening statement that the rest of the review likely went unread and the album certainly went unpurchased.
Even though it’s not a perfect fit, I’ll borrow the Soul Asylum line for my Dandy Warhols Come Down experience.
An imperfect fit in that I can’t say that I was completely desperate to adore the album, nor was I left entirely disappointed.
However, on paper, The Dandy Warhols seemed right up my street; alas, the actual listening experience didn’t keep pace with my lofty expectations.
I was expecting to like this so much that I was willing to pay top dollar for it. Well, top dollar for me when it comes to 1001 albums, a $7 sticker price. Well, I guess it was at a 40% off sale, so it only cost $4.20 ($7 x 60% cost remaining). But still!
A couple of the stronger tracks, Be-In and Minnesoter, felt like tunes that Sloan & Neil Young might have done better earlier in the decade on Smeared & Mirror Ball respectively.
Finally, in the track, Cool as Kim Deal, there’s the line “I’d rather be cool than be loved.”
That’s likely the defining quote here. It’s probably a ‘cool’ record; I just don’t love it.
Which, if that’s what they’d rather be, mission accomplished.