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Dianna Marie St. Hilaire grew up enduring a cycle of abuse and heartache, taking refuge in music by artists such as Tori Amos and The Cure. Learning piano and guitar and throwing herself into her own music as a therapeutic firewall, Ms. St. Hilaire transformed herself into Versailles, an artist comparable to child of a theoretical union between Jessica Riddle and Robert Smith. Dark, painful songs full of sad beauty are the order of the day on Versailles sophomore effort, Broken Dolls. In a side note, Versailles was the city where the end of hostilities was negotiated at the end of World War I. Whether intentional or not, it s interesting that St. Hilaire would choose a name associated with the coming to terms for the career that sprouted from her process for making sense of her own travails. Versailles deals in a brand of darkly melodic gothic rock that isn t entirely classifiable. Her voice is gorgeous, full of a honey/amber timbre in the lower range and a sweet, breathy soprano on top. Her piano playing has a jangly, rhythmic feel to it; almost as if played by a small (but talented) child. And that s the key, for whatever sophistication or pain comes through in the music; Versailles is an angry, scared little girl trying to make sense of a world that hurts. Taken as individual songs there is a lot to be excited about on Broken Dolls. Mars is the one track where Versailles really sounds like her influence Tori Amos, and this is probably one of the best songs on the disc. Believe is lush and full of a sorrowful sweetness. Broken Dolls is a little flat energy-wise but has gorgeous harmonies and a vibrant piano part that saves the song. Once is a gorgeous vocal performance that certifies how talented Versailles truly is as a performer. Even Wendy s Razorblades, the sort of song that parent groups build ban this song campaigns around is a fun listen; it s a unique juxtaposition of a Ben Folds style pop gem with lyrics about an impending suicide.

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listen  5. Broken Dolls 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Believe 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. 10% 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Pages 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Run Away 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Massacre 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mars 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Jane Says 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 100
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Evileye
  • ASIN: B001LX4HD6
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By User Herts on October 1, 2011
Format: Audio CD
First of all, I must stress, do NOT buy this CD at all costs. If you're really curious as to how terrible this band is then I recommend you just download their music for free somewhere.
So, where to start? Well to be honest there really isn't that much to say because this album left so little of an impression on me that pretty much every aspect of their "music" can be summed up in a few sentences. The vocals are just talentless whining, although in that respect they suit the lyrics perfectly since they too are devoid of any talent, emotion or imagination whatsoever. As for the instruments, it's a mix of attempts at gothic and electronic pop; failing at both. The use of instruments is simply unmemorable, repetitive and mind-numbingly boring. While the incredibly biased Editorial Review for this album does shows a minuscule amount of honesty by admitting that the piano melodies sound like they are being played by a child; it would have to be a child who has just started to learn how to play the piano with no knowledge of how to compose a song.
I can't pick any favorite tracks as all the songs are horrendous, so instead I'll tell you which songs were the most horrendous:
10%, Mars, Believe, Wendy's Razor Blades, Legion and You're My Disaster.

The biggest crime about this is that the band is actually trying to get people to hand over their hard earned cash so that unsuspecting listeners will force their ears to endure this torture. So there you have it! "Versailles - Broken Dolls", a vacuous excuse for music occupying the lowest depths of the underground music industry; and forever will it stay trapped there.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Whitney on October 31, 2012
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I originally purchased this album via digital download on accident. I thought it was a different band with the same name. I was not disappointed though! This lead singer has a really amazing voice!!! I am glad that I stumbled across this band, I will definitely be looking for more of their stuff in the future.
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