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4.3 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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The continued buzz -and a fanbase that grows exponentially as the band tours- is setting the stage for sheer Doll-Mania when their sophomore album Yes, Virginia is unleashed on the public. While the instrumentation lives up to that of their debut, the band took more of a rock approach to the recording process this time around. On this album, The Dresden Dolls came out with something very modern yet totally unique, taking the world stage and tearing down the curtain particularly in their stunning lead single, 'Sing'. They rip holes in the veneer of rock music and create their own rules, rhyme and reason. Yes, Virginia is a one-hour outburst that captures this notion; never pretty, never laminated...The Dresden Dolls provide a real-life soundtrack fit for bewildered children of all ages. Roadrunner. 2006.

It's hard to resist a singer who fully indulges her sexual obsessions on CD, especially when they involve songs about transsexuals and--to paraphrase a bit--girls who leave out used condoms on their bedroom dressers to make their boyfriends jealous. And that's just Amanda Palmer in her tamer moments. As the mouthpiece for the carnival-like Dresden Dolls, she certainly knows how to scintillate. The Boston cabaret-punk duo's second album is a no-holds-barred affair that sees her singing about Nazi sympathizers ("Mrs. O") and bedroom antics ("First Orgasm") with equal zest, while the music she bangs out with drummer Brian Viglione fits the very definition of perverse. For some, it's the soundtrack to a kabuki-faced nightmare; for others, the stuff of strangely captivating dreams. --Aidin Vaziri
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  • Audio CD (April 18, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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Boston's The Dresden Dolls seemed to come out of left field when their self-titled debut album began picking up steam via word-of-mouth and when "coin-operated boy" became a cult hit. Their wholly unique brand of theatrics, cabaret and dark confessionals was a refreshing change of pace.

With a cult classic under their belt, the Boston duo, made up of Amanda Palmer (piano, organ, mellotron) and Brian Viglione (drums, guitar, bass) are in a bit of a bind. What do they do for a follow-up? How can they make another captivating collection of songs, in a similar vein of avant-garde cabaret, without rehashing the debut? Luckily for The Dresden Dolls, with "Yes Virginia," (2006) the band make a sophomore album that takes up where the debut left off, yet also has its own signature and doesn't merely try to capture the style and spirit of its predecessor.

Compared to the self-titled debut, "Yes, Virginia" sounds more vigorous, and the album overall has more of a "rock" feel, yet without losing its theatrical, cabaret backbone. The duo sound sure of themselves and in their element. Palmer is kind of hard to figure out. Sometimes she seems to mock the subjects in her songs (dirty business), sometimes seems to hate them, (backstabber) or shows sympathy (Delilah). Other times it's hard to know if Palmer is being sarcastic, ironic, or sincere. Sometimes it's hard to know when she's wearing the theatrical mask or if she's being herself. While the album is theatrical in nature, at times Palmer seems to break out of her theatrical persona, such as with the candid and sincere "Delilah" and the beautiful, lush "sing" in which Palmer states "life is no cabaret." This makes "Yes, Virginia," a more three-dimensional album compared to the debut.
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The Dresden Dolls deserve credibility simply because they push the envelope. That was proven on their debut album. Take a listen to Girl Anachronism and you'll see that this band is taking music new places.

The debut was a wonderful album for fans of the piano and introduced me to the world of punk caberet music, however the casual listener would probably write the band off as too expiremental and not grabbing enough for radio play.

With Yes, Virginia, The Dresden Dolls have retained their unique sound but have made the music bigger, catchier, and more appealing to a wide audience.

The album highlights have to be Backstabber and Dirty Business. Both would likely do well on alternative radio with their catchy piano riffs and lyrics that will really open your eyes. Especially on Dirty Business with the line "she's the kind of girl who leaves out condoms on the bedroom dresser, just to make you jealous of the men she f***ed before you met her" brutal!

Shores Of California is another standout, talking about relationships with lyrics that beg to be sung along to, can't wait to hear that track live!

They aren't afraid to speak their mind either as evidenced on First Orgasm or the controversial Mrs. O, 2 tracks that i'm sure will keep the album banned from stores like walmart, but that's probably a good thing.

For a band that doesn't consist of anything more than a Piano and drums, the tracks are huge, your brain won't even realize that there is only 2 instruments being playing here. You could even dance or mosh to half the tracks on this album, something that would seem impossible for a piano fronted band.

I will come out and name Yes, Virginia as one of the most innovative albums of the last 15 years. This album has to put The Dresden Dolls in the spotlight and give them their due. Check it out and be amazed.
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If you're a fan of Amanda Palmer,
please buy direct from HER website,
or in person at one of her shows.
The record company is withholding all profits if you buy
anywhere other than directly from her.
Please repost this review anywhere her products are sold
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You'll need to keep an open mind for this one, but The Dresden Dolls are the most excitingly different duo that I've come across in ages. Only the brave would start an album with a song about a sex-change, but this after all is punk cabaret, and wonderfully clever and entertaining. You'll see what I mean in the lyrics from the first track:

"No second thoughts the knife is nearing

You'll never hear the little pitter patter pitter patter

Of this little feat of engineering"

First single "Sing" is the last track on the album, and although not the best song on the album lyrically it's certainly ear catching. Other good tracks are "Backstabber"; "Modern Moonlight"; my personal pick "My Alcoholic Friends"; "Necessary Evil" and "Mandy Goes to Med School" where Amanda Palmer sings:

"I've been feeling dull as a coat hanger

Pretty as a picture of a patient on a fresh iv

Giddy as a gangbanger with a set of sutures where his magic johnson ought to be"

Give this to someone with weird musical tastes and they WILL believe that there is a Santa Claus after all.

Amanda Richards, May 19, 2006
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If you've read any reviews for The Dresden Dolls' Yes, Virginia.., then you basically know what the lyrical content consists of. And the 'punk-cabaret' description is dead on. Knowing all of that, I went into listening this pretty much knowing what to expect...well, I was wrong. The lyrics are insanely brilliant, the vocals are amazing, and the instruments are played to perfection. But still, if you've never heard The Dresden Dolls prior to this, such as me, no matter how much people tell you, I guarantee you'll still be blown away.

I've never heard a CD where you actually sit and listen solely to the lyrics at times. Truth be told, the lyrics are so crazy you could quote them for days on end without repeating any. From sex changes, to backstabbers, to orgasms, to Nazi sympathizers, this CD leaves no bases untouched.

As for the rest of the songs, there's not a single song that I don't listen to. The different ways Amanda uses her voice captivates me, and the piano and percussion makes for one hell of a song. I've never been a huge fan of mixing female and male vocals so when I heard that happened in this CD I was close to passing it over. Having heard this CD more than a few times I can honestly say that one of the only songs that you can hear Brian sing in is Backstabber, and that actually adds another dynamic to a song that was already great.

My favorite songs are Sex Changes, Backstabber, Delilah, First Orgasm, and Shores Of California. Anyone who's looking for a new band with a more than fresh sound shouldn't pass up this CD. For my money, it's the best CD I've bought in over 2 months, if that really matters. And since when does Roadrunner sign a band like this? Quite puzzling.
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