Overseas, in countries like Italy, the Dandy Warhols are superstars.
Overseas, in countries like Italy, the Dandy Warhols are superstars. The group's last album, "Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia"—which spawned the groovy international hit "Bohemian Like You"—went gold and platinum in several European countries. Fame in its own backyard, however, has eluded the Portland, Ore.-based quartet. But that may change with the arrival of its fourth album. Co-produced by Warhols lead singer/ guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Duran Duran founding member Nick Rhodes and longtime David Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti, "Welcome to the Monkey House" wears its psychedelic rock colors well. The sublime, trance-like "The Last High" conjures beautiful images of Roxy Music and "Scary Monsters"-era Bowie. Other noteworthy tracks include "Heavenly," "Plan A" (with backing vocals from Duran Duran's Simon LeBon), the Prince-hued "Wonderful You" and "Scientist" (featuring Nile Rodgers of Chic on rhythm guitar). At times derivative, "Welcome to the Monkey House" nevertheless spotlights a band that deserves a larger piece of the American pie.—MP