Rolling Stone - 8/31/00, p.743 stars out of 5
- "...A departure for [the band]....they've replaced their dreamy tones with more diverse atmospherics....covering more abrasive, Velvet Underground-lined terrain..."
Entertainment Weekly - 8/4/00, p.86
"...Effortlessly slack. Lethargic space rock, rock-steady retro riffs, and country-blues bop coexist peaceably in [their] vaguely nonconformist cityscape..." - Rating: B
Q - 1/01, p.91
Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000".
Q - 8/00, p.974 stars out of 5
- "...A truly impressive journey that calls on Kevin Ayers, The Rolling Stones and US grunge as well as their original influences [The Velvet Underground and T.Rex]....this sets out their stall magnificently."
Uncut - 8/00, p.893 stars out of 5
- "...Their ideals are based on the late Sixties/early Seventies cusp, with specific references to Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead....A fuzzed-up, country-psychedelic romp..."
CMJ - 6/19/00, p.3
"...With its stylistic variety...[it's] more like 4 or 5 records in one....you've got a garden of pop in which something grows for everyone."
Melody Maker - 6/20/00, p.603 stars out of 5
- "...Pretty damn pleasurable....a big strummin' rock record, half tunes and half tomfoolery..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 7/00, p.101
"...Plain peachy-keen....A stoner's paradise from start to finish. Most pleasurable."
NME (Magazine) - 12/30/00, p.78Ranked #29
in NME's "Top 50 Albums Of The Year".
NME (Magazine) - 6/10/00, p.397 out of 10
- "...A pretty good album....they're terrific....[their] music is good enough to override any irritation you might have with their [b.s.]..."
Initial pressings included a limited edition bonus disc featuring rare B-sides and live tracks.
The Dandy Warhols: Courtney Taylor-Taylor (vocals, guitar); Pete Holmstrom (guitar); Zia McCabe (keyboards, bass); Brent DeBoer (drums).
Additional personnel: Anton Newcombe (guitar, strings); Troy Stewart (slide guitar); Kevin Ritchie (banjo); Eric Matthews, Vince di Fiore (trumpet); Joe Kaczmarek, Erik Gavriluk (organ); Phil Baker (upright bass); DJ Swamp (scratches); Meg Bobbitt (background vocals).
Producers: Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Gregg Williams, Sardy, Clark Styles.
For their third album, everyone's favorite Portland quartet asks you to break out the bong as they continue down the same woozy musical paths trod by Primal Scream and The Velvet Underground. Fronted by the always-insouciant Courtney Taylor, the Dandy Warhols mine a fertile vein of dream pop that includes forays into atmospheric country twang ("The Gospel"), Jesus & Mary Chain-like shoe-gazing ("Horse Pills"), and psychedelia with both Middle Eastern ("Mohammed") and Burt Bacharach-like ("Godless") touches.
Proving that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, this very American band manage to sound like Squeeze ("Get Off"), Elastica ("Shakin'"), and Jonathan Richman fronting Blur following a few too many pulls on a hookah ("Solid"). The one time where the band manage to emulate themselves is on the driving "Bohemian Like You," a number that serves as a follow-up to 1997's "Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth." Throughout THIRTEEN, any sleepy sounding fuzz guitar or laid-back presentations are superseded by the unmistakable pop chops of the Dandy Warhols.