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