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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.Read more ›
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.
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
"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
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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I wish I had discovered them while they were still making music together. I love this album.Published 5 months ago by Melissa Johnson
I won this album in a Berlin cabaret. Supposedly it's all part of a dark, underground cabaret movement that's formed by a bunch of nincompoops and bored, rich gothic youth in... Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Bartok Kinski
The influence of Ben Folds, Ani DiFranco, David Bowie, Kurt Weill, and others permeates this album, and yet it is wholly original. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Daniel F. Pinkerton
Some might find a few lyrics on this CD version still raunchy. Poetic license I suppose. Most tracks lean towards a enjoyable commercial sound but not all the lyrics. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Razzz
I Haven't Gotten A Chance To Listen To The Full Album, But I Will Say This The Song 'SING' is Without A Doubt The Best Song I've Ever Heard From A Female Vocalist :)Published on March 17, 2013 by Mitchell
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