Evelyn Evelyn

Evelyn Evelyn

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by Evelyn Evelyn
     
 
Amanda Palmer has never shied away from the theatrical, but Evelyn Evelyn, her project with experimental musician Jason Webley, is among her most conceptual -- and entertaining -- music. The story of conjoined twin orphans Eva and Lyn, who share three legs, two arms, two hearts, three lungs, a liver, and a melodramatic life, Evelyn Evelyn is equal parts rock

Overview

Amanda Palmer has never shied away from the theatrical, but Evelyn Evelyn, her project with experimental musician Jason Webley, is among her most conceptual -- and entertaining -- music. The story of conjoined twin orphans Eva and Lyn, who share three legs, two arms, two hearts, three lungs, a liver, and a melodramatic life, Evelyn Evelyn is equal parts rock opera, radio play, cabaret drama, old-timey mischief, and self-aware performance art. The twins' tale is a riveting one (so much so that it spawned an accompanying graphic novel), filled with unfortunate twists of fate, seedy proprietors, and disappearing benefactors. Palmer and Webley craft a world fraught with doubles and dualities, from the Twix bar with which the girls are lured into a seedy home for girls who cater to adults with "unique" tastes, to the two-headed elephant Eva and Lyn care for during their time at Dillard and Fullerton's Traveling Circus. Musically, Evelyn Evelyn spans the whimsy of "Elephant Elephant" and "Have You Seen My Sister Evelyn?," which gives the Ditty Bops a three-legged run for their money, to the self-aware hucksterism of "A Campaign of Shock and Awe," which touts Evelyn Evelyn's music as it name-checks Spin, The New Yorker, and Pitchfork. Though narrative tracks like "The Tragic Events of September, Pt. 1" keep the story moving, some of the album's best songs take tangents. "You Only Want Me 'Cause You Want My Sister" uses Evelyn Evelyn's unique situation to tap into the vulnerability everyone feels in a relationship; "My Space" sets the desires to be alone and friends with everyone to a new wave-tinged power ballad that nods to the theme from Cheers. Always clever and sometimes much more than that, Evelyn Evelyn uses its high-concept nature not just to tell a cracking tale, but to get to deeper truths in a fresh way.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/2010
Label:
Eleven Records
UPC:
0798304091373
catalogNumber:
13

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Performance Credits

Evelyn Evelyn   Primary Artist
"Weird Al" Yankovic   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Margaret Cho   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jay Thompson   Voices
Fred Hawkinson   Trombone
Kristian Rosentrater   Drums
Serena Tideman   Cello
Franz Nicolay   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Amanda Palmer   Piano,Voices,Wurlitzer
Aaron Seeman   Hammond Organ
Andrew W.K.   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Lee Smith   Drums
Jason Schimmel   Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Slide Guitar
Tim Smolens   Cello,Contrabass (Vocal)
Corn Mo   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Tegan Quin   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Sara Quin   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jason Webley   Accordion,Voices
Chantal Claret   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ari Gold   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Gerard Way   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Eugene Mirman   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Neil Gaiman   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jimmy Urine   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ethan Gold   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Luke Kirley   Tuba
Samantha Boshnack   Trumpet
Izaak Mills   Bass,Clarinet,Flute
Alex Guy   Violin,Viola
Jeremy Lightfoot   Drums
Adam Ende   Voices
Caitlin Rippey   Voices
Frances Cobain   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Evelyn and Evelyn Neville   Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Ukulele,Vocals
Oliver Orion   Voices
Maria Glanz   Voices
Kirsten Vangsness   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Kim Boekbinder   Vocals,Voices,Guest Appearance
Kevin Hinshaw   Clarinet
Kaleb Hagan-Kerr   Voices
Reverend Peytyon   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Zoe Boekbinder   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Timba Harris   Violin

Technical Credits

Amanda Palmer   Producer
Jason Schimmel   Engineer
Tim Smolens   Engineer
Jason Webley   Producer,Engineer
Cynthia von Buhler   Artwork
Evelyn and Evelyn Neville   Composer

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