Chris Willman
August 22, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Welcome to the Monkey House

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Capitol

We gave it an B

Now that alt-rock radio has banished electronics, what do the Dandies do but go and make a synth-pop album (coproduced by Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes). But the ballsiness of that U-turn offsets the slim whimsy of the material. Courtney Taylor-Taylor alternates low, breathy verses and falsetto choruses, arriving at an unlikely but not unwieldy combination of New Order and later Sparks.

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