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Theatre Is Evil
     

Theatre Is Evil

by Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra
 

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Funded by a Kickstarter campaign that raised over a million dollars, post-punk cabaret ringmaster Amanda Palmer's first outing since 2008's Who Killed Amanda Palmer is bursting at the corset seams with the kind of feral yet laser focused energy that can only come from someone with the moxie to list themselves in the credits with the word "fucking" in between

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Funded by a Kickstarter campaign that raised over a million dollars, post-punk cabaret ringmaster Amanda Palmer's first outing since 2008's Who Killed Amanda Palmer is bursting at the corset seams with the kind of feral yet laser focused energy that can only come from someone with the moxie to list themselves in the credits with the word "fucking" in between their first and last name. Palmer and her Grand Theft Orchestra build Theatre Is Evil on a foundation of retro-neon concrete (the 1984 Robin Williams, Soviet-era comedy Moscow on the Hudson is referenced at one point) with delinquent panache, giving nods to 'Til Tuesday and Kate Bush ("The Killing Type"), David Bowie ("Grown Man Cry"), the Knack ("Melody Dean"), and even Alphaville (the intro to "Want It Back" threatens to explode into "Forever Young" before morphing into a summery, upbeat radio jam that wouldn't have sounded out of place on the Cars' Candy-O). The band then skips ahead a decade on the beautiful, string-laden epic "Trout Mask Replica," which recalls Tori Amos as filtered through Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness-era Smashing Pumpkins. While all of the comparisons are apt, they merely delineate the project; they don't define it, as Palmer has proven time and again, both as a solo artist and fronting the Dresden Dolls, that she's a wily and innovative, albeit divisive, force of nature, and Theatre Is Evil bristles, crackles, aches, and moans with surprising efficiency considering its 15-song length, pairing fractured synths and staccato guitar riffs with Palmer's throaty, untamed pipes, sounding for all the world like a brazenly cool, alternate-universe version of No Doubt.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2012
Label:
8Ft Records
UPC:
0852831004005
catalogNumber:
14
Rank:
17721

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Performance Credits

Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra   Primary Artist
David J   Bass
Amanda Palmer   Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals
Jherek Bischoff   Guitar,Vocals,Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass
Paris Hurley   Violin
Chad Raines   Guitar,Trumpet,Keyboards,Vocals
Phil Noy   Horn
Paul Kikuchi   Bass Drums
Alex Guy   Viola
Eamon McNelis   Horn
Maria Scherer Wilson   Cello
Benjamin Gillespie   Horn
Mick Fraser   Horn
Michael McQuilken   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Paul Willy   Horn

Technical Credits

John Congleton   Producer,Engineer
Amanda Palmer   Composer
Jherek Bischoff   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
Kyle Cassidy   Artwork
Chad Raines   Programming,Horn Arrangements
Shervin Lainez   Artwork
David Mack   Artwork
Andrew Nelson   Package Layout
Frances Cobain   Artwork
Vladimir Zimakov   Artwork
Megan Howland   Artwork
Rene Huemer   Artwork
Sarah Beetson   Artwork
Rick Berry   Artwork
Blake Brasher   Artwork
Cassandra Long   Artwork
Michael McQuilken   Programming
Nicole Duennebier   Artwork

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