Evelyn Evelyn

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Label: Eleven Records
  • UPC: 798304091373
  • Catalog Number: 13
  • Sales rank: 70,633

Album Credits

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
John Golden Mastering
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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