The cover of the aptly titled Distortland shows a foggy skyline with an album title that blends into the sunrise, or is it a sunset? That kind of confusion seems to follow the Dandy Warhols’ every move. Four record labels into their career, their ninth album finds them at the end of a progressively tamer rope. Snarky jabs and alt-rock sensibilities give way to breezy instrumental breaks and indie pop melodies that more closely resemble the Hugs, a boy band they signed on their imprint, Beat the World Records. Lead singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s own reservations about his age, sprawled casually throughout the new album, may have inspired a shift toward the consciously outré style he famously indicted in 2000’s “Bohemian Like You.” Luckily for older fans, new album tours always come with the hits. For those just getting into the Dandy Warhols, this palatable collection should be nothing more than a warm intro.
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