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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9c269e88) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c54081c) out of 5 stars F is for "fair" May 18 2005
By E. A Solinas - Published on
Good things come to those who browse indie stores. It was by one such store that I found the Dresden Dolls' self-titled debut, a stormy mesh of twisted lyrics about everything from insanity to self-mutilations, raw punk music and cabaret kitsch.

And it was -- I found out -- only in such stores that I could find "A is for Accident," a collection of the Dolls' live performances from 2001 to 2003. The cabaret-punk music is exceptional, but the sound quality varies wildly from song to song.

A handful of these ten songs are also included in their album, such as the playfully strange "Coin-Operated Boy," the staccato piano of "Missed Me," and the expansive, slow-building "Truce," where Amanda Palmer sounds her dark best. But there are also several songs that were NOT on their debut, such as the ominous ballad "Mrs O," the aching yowls of "Glass Slipper," the slithery piano melody of "Thirty Whacks," and the kitschy glamour of "Bank of Boston Beauty Queen."

"A Is For Accident" is definitely a good listen for fans of the Dresden Dolls -- not only does it have live songs, but also several that otherwise can't be heard. Perhaps the Dolls will put them on another album, but as it stands, it's great to hear Amanda belting out those songs. And, sometimes, the applause.

She and co-musician Brian Viglione create smashing music. Literally. Palmer plays a toy piano, ripping over it and wringing raw music-box melodies out of it. Viglione adds the "punk" to punk-cabaret, with jagged drums that give this twisted music its furious edge. Together, they're absolutely brilliant. And Amanda's throaty voice gets to be funny, strange, dramatic and drama-queeny.

The problem? Well, while the songs are good, the sound quality is uneven. Some songs are so clear that they could have been recorded in a studio, but others sound distant and even muddy. "The Time Has Come" is a problem, for example, with Palmer trying to cope with rotten acoustics; at other times, you can barely hear what she's saying. (Not for lack of effort either)

The Dresden dolls are the most wonderfully twisted thing to ever come out of Boston, and "A is for Accident" is definitely worth having, despite the varying quality of the sound.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c540c24) out of 5 stars Better than the debut! June 30 2005
By Catherine Nyt - Published on
Wow! I bought this CD on a whim, and I have to say it is just as good, if not better, than the Dresden Dolls self-titled debut album.

This CD really captures the angst and emotion of Palmer's voice,and there are eight new songs on this CD. Eight! And the live versions of "Missed Me" and "Coin-Operated Boy" just sound better on this live disc.

If you can find this through a third-party seller on Amazon, buy it now! You will listen to it over and over in your car, if you're anything like me...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c540c9c) out of 5 stars A brief review May 16 2005
By Melkor - Published on
This CD came out first in, I believe, 2003. Now it has been re-released, available at indie CD stores as well as at the band's web site. If you enjoy their eponymous release, then you should really enjoy this. It is a compilation of live shows spanning from 2001 - 2003. Only three, or so, songs are on the studio album. They have only been released on this CD (so far).

For a live CD, the sound quality is wonderful. If you're a fan of this band, this is something you must have! The music is as blissful as you would expect a Dresden Dolls CD to be. If you've never heard of the band, they've been dubbed with the category "Punk Cabaret", and until someone comes up with a better phrase, that is probably the best way to describe them. Good luck tracking down a copy of this wonderful music!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c545048) out of 5 stars A few GEMS worth the entire price of the CD Sept. 21 2008
By Richard Carnegie - Published on
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The answer is simple. Buy it for the songs "Christopher Lydon," "Glass Slipper," and "Thirty Whacks." Live versions of "Coin-Operated Boy," "Truce," and "Missed Me" are fantastic....but nothing too different from the studio albums and honestly get the live DVD for those instead. But these three aforementioned songs (which appear on the album in concession) are the MEAT that make this CD worth buying. They are FANTASTIC power , beautifully performed, and wonderfully written. "Christopher Lydon" is perhaps my favorite only to a very close second with "Glass Slipper" which build to a jaw-dropping climax where she belts with such FEROCITY "How many happy endings do you need to change your f*&#ing mind!" You will get goosebumps. The intensity in this track can only be described as raw and emotional. Even with only a handful of non-album tracks, this live CD could earn 5 stars from me although the sound quality on some of the tracks is less than stellar. Luckily my favorite tracks are captured with brilliant audio. I also wish it had better artwork and lyrics. BUY IT.
HASH(0x9c540e88) out of 5 stars Gotta Love this woman Jan. 1 2015
By Dee Zee - Published on
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Gotta Love this woman. She is fantastic. The amount of energy she puts out is contagious. Her clothing and make-up, superb. She pulls you in from the first note and keeps you riveted to the last and then leaves you waiting for more. You should give this a try, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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