Who Killed Amanda Palmer

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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
As the story goes, what was originally intended to be a mere piano and vocal bedroom recording of material that was deemed too balladic for Dresden Dolls' albums became an epic project by a twist of fate. After Ben Folds contacted Amanda Palmer by e-mail to randomly tell her that he was a fan of her music, they made plans to play some shows in Australia, where, upon meeting, the two wry-humored piano bashers found they shared a lot in common. He offered her future use of his Nashville studio, and once she accepted, he put on the producer hat and started taking the once raw songs to new heights with extensive layering. Along with Folds, who played keyboards and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
As the story goes, what was originally intended to be a mere piano and vocal bedroom recording of material that was deemed too balladic for Dresden Dolls' albums became an epic project by a twist of fate. After Ben Folds contacted Amanda Palmer by e-mail to randomly tell her that he was a fan of her music, they made plans to play some shows in Australia, where, upon meeting, the two wry-humored piano bashers found they shared a lot in common. He offered her future use of his Nashville studio, and once she accepted, he put on the producer hat and started taking the once raw songs to new heights with extensive layering. Along with Folds, who played keyboards and percussion himself, East Bay Ray of the Dead Kennedys, Annie Clark of St. Vincent, a horn section, cellist Zoe Keating, and a children's choir were all recruited to help round out the songs. Who Killed Amanda Palmer isn't a hugely drastic departure from the established Dresden Dolls formula with Brian Viglione; strangely, even with the added orchestrated bells and whistles, it's actually very similar sounding to their stripped-down sound as a two-piece.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861792527
  • Catalog Number: 179252
  • Sales rank: 36,380

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Astronaut: A Short History of Nearly Nothing - Zoe Keating (4:37)
  2. 2 Runs in the Family (2:58)
  3. 3 Ampersand (5:58)
  4. 4 Leeds United - Born Again Horny Men Of Edinburgh (4:55)
  5. 5 Blake Says - Zoe Keating (4:42)
  6. 6 Strength Through Music - Strindberg (3:28)
  7. 7 Guitar Hero - East Boy Roy (4:50)
  8. 8 Have to Drive - Jack Palmer (5:49)
  9. 9 What's the Use of Wond'rin? - Annie Clark (2:49)
  10. 10 Oasis - Jared Reynolds (2:56)
  11. 11 The Point of It All (5:34)
  12. 12 Another Year: A Short History of Almost Something (6:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Amanda Palmer Primary Artist
Zoe Keating Cello
Technical Credits
Alan Bezozi Producer, Audio Production
Paul Buckmaster Arranger
Ben Folds Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Amanda Palmer Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Kyle Cassidy Cover Photo, Tray Photo
Neil Gaiman Author
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    'Who Killed Amanda Palmer' is well worth the listening, at least once.

    'Who Killed Amanda Palmer' is a highly original compilation. Amanda Palmer displays a style which utilizes her talent at the piano, unorthodox vocals, and unusual sound effects.

    The disk contains 12 tracks which range emotionally from loving to unnervingly angry. The majority are darker pieces of work, focusing on issues such as death, lonliness, rape, and abuse. However, the music is never dirge-like and at times it is in fact off-puttingly up beat. Within any specific song the primary emotion may fluctuate mulitple times in thouroughly unexpected ways. The lyrics are cleverly (and scathingly) written and can be interpreted in multiple ways. The album artwork is very visually interesting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

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    Love. Love. Love.

    This was Amanda Palmer's big solo debut album from 2008. I don't care how old it is though, I am still listening to it. :) If I had to pick a favorite song from the album, it would probably be Straight. To anyone who is just now fining Amanda Palmer, I suggest looking up her original band, The Dresden Dolls, and listening to them as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amanda's true raw talent is displayed in Who Killed Amanda Palmer.

    I loved this album. Amanda has always displayed her talent with the Dresden Dolls but in her first attempt at a solo album she is very sucessful. The album has its happy moments it sad moments and also the moments where you think "this b* is crazy." But thats why you love Amanda and her quirkiness.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Amanda Palmer killed it!

    Its been years since I found a whole album that I love, that just speaks to me with every song. This album does that and more - it challenges the way I think. It goes above and beyond her work in the Dresden Dolls. Given that Ben Folds helped make it and Neil Gaiman wrote the liner notes (!!!), it was near impossible for this album not to reek of cool. IF you have a chance, go to YouTube and watch all the videos (or better yet, wait a week from now and buy the DVD (drops on 6/11 I think).
    If you want to be visually stimulated as well, try to get into the first run of the photographic WKAP experience and order the book (with stories by Neil Gaiman) as well. I'm willing to bet that if you fall in love with this album as I did, that you will at least try to get the book. I'm so excited to get my copy.
    BUY THIS ALBUM!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Who Killed Amanda Palmer??

    Amanda Palmer steps away from her everlasting Dresden Dolls role, to create a story through song in her newest series called, Who Killed Amanda Palmer? Co-produced with Benfolds. Being used to just hearing Amanda sing with a piano, drums, and her pipes. Now we hear her with a full band behind her. It's very good in my opinion.

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