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Yes Virginia

The Dresden DollsAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 18, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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.

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the debut April 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this band fights dirty! April 18, 2006
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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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Record Company is screwing Amanda over September 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
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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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And now for something totally different May 19, 2006
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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, should be 4 1/2 stars April 24, 2006
By scott s
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The Boston-based Dresden Dolls have a unique sound commonly referred to as punk cabaret, and that's an accurate description, given the tenacity with which keyboardist Amanda Palmer and drummer Brian Viglione attack their instruments. They're also frequently compared to the White Stripes, which isn't accurate at all, since the bands have little in common except for each having two members (though the Dolls poked fun at this comparison on last summer's tour by dressing at the Stripes and performing "My Doorbell" at some shows.) It's a good bet the Dresden Dolls won't have to deal with such lazy comparisons for much longer, because everyone is likely to know who they are after the release of Yes, Virginia, a collection of theatrical songs with plenty of attitude and unfailingly gripping lyrics, including as many clever one-liners as you'd find on a Ludacris album.

Palmer's vocal delivery is captivating throughout the record, with her deliberate enunciation of each syllable and the way she switches between singing and talking as she performs the voices of different characters. Viglione provides exactly what's needed for each song, from the frenzied drumming of "Modern Moonlight" to the subtle cymbals of "First Orgasm", to songs that combine both elements, like "Sex Changes," a standout track that isnt about an operation but rather the aftermath of losing ones virginity. The opening line of that song -- "Dear Mr. and/or Mrs. Sender" -- provides a fitting introduction to the off-kilter lyrics that are Palmer's trademark.

One of the strengths of Palmer's words is that, though they are deeply intelligent and thoughtful, they're always easily accessible. It doesn't take a lot of digging to discover the meaning of the songs, which is usually something fairly universal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The Boston, Not Dresden Dolls
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 more
Published 8 months ago by Bartok Kinski
5.0 out of 5 stars postmodern cabaret
The influence of Ben Folds, Ani DiFranco, David Bowie, Kurt Weill, and others permeates this album, and yet it is wholly original. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Daniel F. Pinkerton
4.0 out of 5 stars This Is The Clean Version CD
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 more
Published 15 months ago by Razzz
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Sing' Is Amazing :)
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 16 months ago by Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong 2nd effort highly recommended.
This is a strong second course from the Dolls; highly recommended. I've come to the Dresden Dolls a bit late, so much of what can be said has been. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Drobin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good. Not quite as great as the debut.
So. I LOVE The Dresden Dolls and I really like this album but it isn't quite on the same level as their first (but not many bands are). Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by Zackwlsn5
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING album, but WTF Amazon?
This is my favorite album currently and I think the best-flowing Dresden Dolls album (although No, Virginia... was awesome too....). Read more
Published on August 15, 2010 by Anna Krouse
1.0 out of 5 stars The Boston, Not Dresden Dolls
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 more
Published on November 26, 2009 by Bartok Kinski
3.0 out of 5 stars arrow and the pen
I will say that this never made me feel that special way that the first album did. It is a very solid album, and has some amazing tracks on it, but it has too much of a polished... Read more
Published on October 20, 2009 by Melody
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this?
'06 was the year I was getting into any weird indie and alternative rock. I had heard of the Dresden Dolls but whenever someone would describe them to me it always came back to... Read more
Published on February 8, 2009 by Owen Tomaszewski
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