The Dresden Dolls [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Inevitably, music will have leaders as well as followers, and both have their place. It's unrealistic and foolish to think that every artist who comes along should be a trendsetter; people who shake things up as intensely as Charlie Parker, the Sex Pistols, John Coltrane, the Beatles, or Nirvana are the exception instead of the rule. But when someone does come up with something that is truly fresh, he/she deserves applause -- and there is plenty of freshness on this self-titled CD by the Dresden Dolls, a Boston-based duo that successfully blends alternative pop
ock with German cabaret. Lead singer Amanda Palmer brings an unlikely ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Inevitably, music will have leaders as well as followers, and both have their place. It's unrealistic and foolish to think that every artist who comes along should be a trendsetter; people who shake things up as intensely as Charlie Parker, the Sex Pistols, John Coltrane, the Beatles, or Nirvana are the exception instead of the rule. But when someone does come up with something that is truly fresh, he/she deserves applause -- and there is plenty of freshness on this self-titled CD by the Dresden Dolls, a Boston-based duo that successfully blends alternative pop
ock with German cabaret. Lead singer Amanda Palmer brings an unlikely combination of influences to this release, and they range from Kurt Weill and Marlene Dietrich to goth rock, punk, and the riot grrrl movement. Palmer has been greatly affected by the emotional catharsis of PJ Harvey, Courtney Love, and Tori Amos -- her performances can be very stream-of-consciousness -- but she has also been influenced by the cabaret of Germany's pre-Adolf Hitler Weimar Republic although Palmer writes and sings in English exclusively on this album. Hitler, a fanatically extreme social conservative, detested the flamboyant, sexualized imagery of the Weimar-era cabaret culture and did everything he could to eradicate it. But when Marlene Dietrich and others fled Nazi Germany, they took their cabaret with them -- and that Weimar-era influence is all over this intriguing CD. Not only has it affected Palmer's darkly theatrical melodies, but also, Palmer and drummer Brian Viglione the Dresden Dolls' other half sport a look that is part goth and part Weimar-era burlesque. And much to their credit, the Dresden Dolls make their unorthodox alt-rock/cabaret blend sound perfectly natural rather than forced. This CD is enthusiastically recommended to anyone who is seeking something fresh from alternative pop
ock.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861828325
  • Catalog Number: 618283
  • Sales rank: 31,615

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good Day (5:51)
  2. 2 Girl Anachronism (2:58)
  3. 3 Missed Me (4:51)
  4. 4 Half Jack (5:56)
  5. 5 672 (1:24)
  6. 6 Coin-Operated Boy (4:46)
  7. 7 Gravity (4:17)
  8. 8 Bad Habit (2:59)
  9. 9 The Perfect Fit (5:44)
  10. 10 The Jeep Song (4:47)
  11. 11 Slide (4:30)
  12. 12 Truce (8:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Dresden Dolls Primary Artist
Martin Bisi Musician
Jonathan Sacks Cello, Musician
Ad Frank Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Musician
Amanda Palmer Piano, Vocals, Toy Piano, Group Member
Brian Viglione Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Group Member
Sasha Forte Violin, Viola, Musician
Shawn Setaro Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Musician
Technical Credits
Martin Bisi Producer, Engineer, Contributor, String Arrangements
Sean Barker Cover Painting
Fred Kervorkian Mastering
Jonathan Sacks String Arrangements
Amanda Palmer Composer, Collage
Thomas E. Martin Cover Layout
The Dresden Dolls Producer, String Arrangements
Sasha Forte String Arrangements
Lisa Lunskya Gordon Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Moving!!!!

    Between Amanda's amazing piano playing and Brians outstanding drumming you will be amazed. Amanda's aggresive piano style often times tricks your ears into thinkg that this is a 5 piece band instead of a duo, and don't forget her songwriting skills. Simply genius.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my Favorites!

    I heard the single 'Girl Anachronism' on the radio one day and I just couldn't get it out of my head. When I purchased the CD, I was just blown away! Every song relates to an emotion felt at one time or another in my life. I highly recommend this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    listening to them right now

    they are simply incredible - i cant explain why, you'll have to see for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Divine Duet

    The music is very melodious but combines complex rhythm and harmony to keep you mesmerized throughout the whole album. For a duet, they have a full, decadent sound that is so warm and rich it draws you right in.

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